The family of Bianca Devins have announced they are setting up a scholarship in her name. They stress it is the only fundraiser to have their blessing.
The queer 17-year-old, who had previously identified as biromantic and asexual, was killed Sunday in Utica, New York.
Police have charged Brandon Clark, 21, of Cicero, with second-degree murder. It’s believed the two were in some sort of relationship after meeting via Instagram a couple of months ago.
Police investigate killing of Bianca Devins
Authorities charged Clark on Monday with New York State Penal Law 125.25 and second-degree murder. This charge is a Class A-I felony, with Class A being the highest of felonies.
Utica police released further details about Devins and her death on Monday.
Utica Police Department said officers arrived at Poe Street near Culver Avenue in Utica, where police found Devins’ body and an injured Clark, after Oneida County Dispatch received numerous calls about the incident.
The pair attended a concert together Saturday evening. They left together in Clark’s SUV but are believed to have later become engaged in an argument.
After officers tried to engage with Clark, he began stabbing himself in the neck with a knife. He indicated Devin’s body was beneath a green tarp. Earlier, he had shared a video of Devins’ death to Discord, a social media website primarily for gamers, as reported by GSN.
He also shared gruesome images of Devins to Instagram. The app has been criticized for not removing the images quickly enough.
Officers apprehended Clark and took him into custody. He underwent emergency surgery for ‘severe injuries’ at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Family’s shock at death of beloved daughter
On Monday, Devins’ family posted of their shock at her death.
‘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.’
Yesterday, they announced the launch of a scholarship fund in her memory. They warned that other fundraisers did not have their approval.
‘We are grateful to the many who have expressed a wish to make monetary donations in Bianca’s name. Unfortunately, there are several false websites that have been created. These sites do not have the approval or permission of Bianca’s family.
‘Bianca Michelle Devins Scholarship Fund: Bianca’s family has set up a scholarship fund in her name which is in the care of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
‘Donations can be made to the Bianca Michelle Devins Scholarship Fund, in care of The Community Foundation: https://www.foundationhoc.org/Bianca.
The only fundraiser authorized by family
‘We emphasize that this is the only Family-approved fund in Bianca’s name,’ they continue. ‘These funds will be used for a scholarship for students pursuing a degree in psychology so they can continue Bianca’s dream to help adolescents with mental illness.
‘Other internet funding raising sites are not authorized by the Family, and funds donated to those false sites will not be used for Bianca in any way.’
In June, Devins graduated from T. R. Proctor High School. She was planning to attend Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) in the fall.
Police say investigations into the circumstances surrounding Devins’ death continue.