The Utica Police Department in New York revealed details of Bianca Devins’ death, a queer teen brutally murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend.
Gay Star News first reported the news of Devins’ death the morning of 15 July.
Devins, only 17 when she died, identified as biromantic and asexual. In its press release of the incident and investigation, Utica police identified Devins’ boyfriend and alleged offender as Brandon Clark, 21.
According to Utica police, Devins and Clark met on Instagram two months ago and formed a relationship. They began spending time with one another and became acquainted with each other’s families.
How did it end up like this?
On the night of 13 July, Devins and Clark attended a concert in New York City, arriving sometime around 7:30 pm EST. They left the venue sometime after 10 pm EST and police speculate an argument ensued between the pair at the concert.
In the early hours of Sunday, 14 July, Devins and Clark drove in a black SUV to the end of Poe Street near Culver Avenue in Utica, where police found Devins’ body and an injured Clark.
The investigation determined Clark eventually produced a ‘large, black handled knife,’ which reportedly caused Devins’ lethal injuries.
Clark posted a video of her death on Discord, a social media website for primarily for gamers, as reported by GSN.
Police arrived at the scene after Oneida County Dispatch received numerous calls about the incident. When officers approached Clark, he began stabbing himself in the neck with a knife. Clark then laid himself across a green tarp covering Devins’ body and took photographs of himself.
Utica police determined both the video and photos were authentic.
After engaging with Clark, officers apprehended him and took him into custody. He underwent emergency surgery for ‘severe injuries’ at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and is expected to survive.
The Utica Police Department confirmed they will be interviewing him on Monday (15 July) and then ‘charges will be levied’.
Devins’ family responds during ‘this difficult time’
In a statement, Devins’ family said they are ‘very grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy’.
‘Your prayers help to strengthen us through this difficult time,’ they added.
Their statement described Devins as a ‘talented artist, a loving sister, daughter, and cousin, and a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon’.
Her family’s statement concluded: ‘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.
Bianca graduated from T. R. Proctor High School this past June and was looking forward to attending MVCC [Mohawk Valley Community College] in the fall.’