Update: For those in the Utica, NY area, Bianca Devins’ funeral will be taking place at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee Street, Utica, NY on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM. For more information, visit Romanelli.com.
The family of a 17-year-old girl, who was killed Sunday in Utica, New York, is having trouble getting images of her body off of social media platforms such as Instagram, according to BBC news. The family wrote in a post shared by Utica Police Department that they are grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy received from family, friends and the community.
“Your prayers help to strengthen us through this difficult time,” the family wrote. “Bianca, age 17, was a talented artist, a loving sister, daughter, and cousin, and a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon. She is now looking down on us, as she joins her cat, Belle, in heaven. Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our Princess.”
Prosecutors charged Brandon Clark, 21, with second-degree murder in Devin’s death Monday.
A Tweet by Ian Miles Cheong alleges that Devins was murdered by a guy she met on Discord.
“He posted photos of her sawed off head on 4chan and chat logs from the Discord indicate that he did it out of jealousy. She was going to a festival with another guy she met on Discord. That’s what I’ve gathered,” cheong alleged in a tweet.
Cheong tweeted that he saw the photos of her decapitation.
According to BBC, the images of Devin’s body appeared on Brandon Clark’s account on messaging app Discord, and other users notified the police.
“Many of those other Instagram users had left comments on the remaining posts on Brandon Clark’s account, urging his followers to view the copied images on their profiles,” BBC reported. “Then, in an attempt to drown out this spread of the images of Ms. Devins’s body with her throat cut, other Instagram users started posting photographs of her alive as well as pictures of flowers and animals, using her name as the hashtag.”
Utica Police wrote in a statement on Facebook that on Sunday, July 14, a male made numerous calls to Oneida County Dispatch services, and allegedly gave incriminating statements with respect to homicide, according to the post by Utica Police. When police determined where the call came from, they went to the location and found Clark lying on the ground. As officers approached, Clark began to stab himself in the neck with a knife. After stabbing himself, Clark moved to a green-colored tarp with the girl’s body. Clark then began to take selfies while lying across the girl’s body, according to police.
After a brief struggle, Clark was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Police found that the young female under the tarp had severe neck injuries and was deceased. According to police investigation, Clark met the victim on Instagram two months ago and chatted on the platform. Police said that the two planned to go to a concert in New York City and returned to Utica sometime around 10 p.m. where an argument ensued after the event. The argument devolved until the male produced a large, black-handled knife and inflicted injuries that killed the victim, according to police
Police believe that after this time, the male posted these images to Discord and confirmed that the images distributed of the victim and the offender’s injuries are authentic and occurred at the time of the incident.
“We are actively working with the various social media platforms to address the sharing and distribution of these images,” Utica Police wrote.