Funeral plans have been set in place for the 17-year-old internet famous girl who was murdered over the weekend in upstate New York.
Bianca Devins was found dead Sunday after frantic phone calls to police from users of Discord, an app for gamers, led investigators to find her alleged killer, Brandon Clark, 21, lying on a tarp covering Devins’ slain body. He started stabbing himself as they approached. He had allegedly uploaded numerous photos of Devins' corpse to social media.
He has been charged with second-degree murder and is still recovering from his alleged self-inflicted wounds.
Both Clark and Devins are from upstate New York. The murder happened in Utica, where Devins lived.
Calling hours for the slain teen will be held Thursday at Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, her obituary states. Her funeral will be held on Friday at the same place. Devins was a member of the church.
Her obituary describes the teen as "an aspiring model, talented artist" who "enjoyed playing the ukulele" and "had a great love of animals especially her cats."
It goes on to say that "Bianca was very caring and compassionate, and helped so many friends during their difficult times. Her passion, which she sought to pursue in her future career, was to help adolescents who struggle with mental illness.”
Devins’ mother, Kimberly Devins, put out a statement released Wednesday which details the heartbreaking devastation the family is experiencing.
“Our lives are now forever changed; our hearts are broken,” the mom stated, according to Syracuse.com. “My heart is completely shattered, having lost my best friend.”
She said that her daughter’s spirit will live on forever.
“While I could not be there to protect her from this violent end, I will now be her voice and spread the message of ‘love, not violence,’” she stated. “Let us all pledge to share Bianca’s amazing spirit to make this world a better place.”
This week, a district attorney said Clark may have killed Devins in a jealous rage because she kissed another man at a concert they attended just hours before the deadly encounter.
"I have a very hard time understanding how anybody can justify taking another young person's life because they kissed somebody else,” Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara told WKTV in Utica.
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