The brother of the man who allegedly killed 17-year-old Instagram star Bianca Devins in upstate New York posted a series of emotional messages to social media, apologizing on behalf of his family, chastising those who have blamed his family for Devins' gruesome slaying, and condemning his brother.
“I’m deeply sorry something like this came from my family and my heart goes out for the family of the victim,” James Ward said in an Instagram post.
Ward identifies himself as the brother of Brandon Clark, 21, who was charged Monday with second-degree murder in Devins' death, according to the Utica Police Department.
“Nothing better than waking up at 4am to find out your brother killed someone and tried to kill himself, and when you’re trying to understand and comprehend how the person you looked up to, and taught you so much is responsible for such a horrible act, and people proceed to go out and blame you for what he did,” the post read in part.
He then took aim at internet trolls who were apparently targeting his family.
"I’m deeply sorry something like this came from my family and my heart goes out for the family of the victim, but think about when [Clark's] little sister and brothers find out what a disgusting thing he’s done, and get blamed for it. They’re kids."
Clark is accused of slitting Devins’ throat after he and Devins returned to Utica from a trip to New York City where they attended a Nicole Dollenganger concert together, according to Rolling Stone. Police said that the two, who they described as having an “intimate” relationship, got into an argument at the concert which escalated when they returned upstate. Clark ultimately “produced a large, black handled knife, and used this to inflict the injuries that caused her death,” police said.
He then took photos of her dead body and uploaded them to Discord, a social app for gamers, police said. The gory photos went viral and were seen on 4Chan and other platforms.
When police arrived at the scene, they say Clark stabbed himself in the neck. He’s undergone surgery for the injuries and is expected to survive.
Ward, who said he is currently stationed in Alaska for military service, wrote on Instagram that he would wish “nothing more than to wake up and be back home hoping this is some sick twisted nightmare, instead I’m all the way across the country.”
In another post, he addressed his brother directly:
“I’m not the kind of guy who’s good with emotions, or talking about things, or expressing myself. That was you, the outgoing one, who would always go out and catch snakes, and try to tame bees, who had a pet squirrel. Always told me to reach for the stars, put my name in the sky and never let it fall down. The fearless one.”
He went on to reminisce about their childhood and how his brother inspired him, even telling his brother he loved him before condemning his actions.
“I love you, my best friend, we finally got close after a sh---y childhood, I am who I am because of you. I hate you, You took away so many peoples [sic] opportunities in life. Hers, yours. ... Friends. Families. I ask my self, what the f--k happened. I read everything online and can’t believe Look how much her families hurting, her friends. It’s sad, So young, all of you., Here comes hell, redemption right? Now you’re condemned and it’s gonna be a living hell. I’m glad you’re alive, and it hurts to think of you going through that, but you put yourself there. You made her family suffer so much.”
In that post, Ward appears to specifically address an Instagram story made by his brother around the time of the murder Sunday. His apparent Instagram handle is @yesjuliet and around the time of Devins' death he posted a photo from his car which read, "here comes hell. It's redemption, right?"
Instagram issued a statement Monday stating that they had to remove an image from account @yesjuliet for violating its policies, NBC New York reports. They stated that they also had taken steps to stop others from resharing that image.
One of the Instagram accounts believed to belong to Bianca has more than 40,000 followers. She was a 4chan user and was known for her posts on Tumblr and Instagram.
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