Bianca Devins funeral: Slain 17-year-old social media star 'lit up every room she walked into', says heartbroken sister
Friends and family of slain teenager Bianca Devins gathered to pay an emotional tribute to social media star who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend.
Mourners paid tribute to the 17-year-old at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, New York on Friday, July 19.
Devins's sister Olivia Devins shared, "My sister was a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart and she lit up every room she walked into", according to New York Post. "She may be gone but her heart will remain beautiful," she added.
Devins was remembered as "talented" and "generous" at the funeral where the pallbearers sported matching pink ties which was the teen's favorite color.
Devins was allegedly murdered by her 21-year-old boyfriend Brandon Andrew Clark on Sunday, July 14 after they had got into an argument at a concert in Queens, the police shared.
Clark then posted a picture of the teen with her throat slit on social media before turning the knife on himself.
The gruesome picture remained on Clark’s @yesjuliet account for several hours until it was finally taken down. However, the picture spread all over the internet.
Police shared that Clark may have killed the Instagram influencer in a jealous rage after seeing her kiss another man at a concert in Queens on Saturday night, July 13.
As per the Oneida County District Attorney, Scott McNamara, this could have been the possible motive for why Clark allegedly slit Devins‘ throat and posted photos of her body on Instagram.
Clark has been charged with second-degree murder and is facing 25 years in prison if he is convicted.
At the closed casket, loved ones sang 'Amazing Grace' and also shared their memories of Devins who had graduated from Proctor High School last month.
Her grandfather Frank Williams shared, "Bianca’s favorite color was pink. She put it in her drawings, she wore it on her clothes — she wore it everywhere," before adding that she had lived with him for several years.
Before her untimely death, Devins had planned to study psychology and help mentally ill young people.
She was laid to rest Friday at Forest Hill Cemetery after the service.