17-year-old Instagram star Bianca Devins brutally killed by obsessed boyfriend who then posted bloody murder photos online
A social media star is believed to have been killed by her boyfriend, who then posted gruesome images of her body on Instagram, where it remained for the next 12 hours.
The 17-year-old Bianca Devins, was quite popular on Instagram and had over 35,000 followers across two pages that she handled, but saw her life tragically end after she seemingly got into a heated altercation with her 21-year-old boyfriend, Brandon Andrew Clark, according to the Daily Mail.
Devins' body was found inside a car in Utica on Sunday, July 14, after several people started sharing a post that Clark had uploaded with a grisly picture of her body.
He is believed to have uploaded an image of her lifeless body with the caption, "I am sorry Bianca." He also reportedly changed his Instagram bio to read, "10/06/1997 – 7/14/19. Just know that I feel no pain now."
An Instagram story that he uploaded ominously read, "Here comes Hell. It's redemption, right?"
The Utica police said they had received a number of calls "regarding an attempt to locate" two people, with the New York Post reporting that Clark had himself called 911 to report Devins' death.
Lt. Bryan Coromato later confirmed they had found the couple, "The male was located outside the vehicle. At this point what occurred and when it occurred is part of the investigation."
The police said Clark had left a message on the ground with spray paint which read, "May you never forget me" and proceeded to slit his throat in an attempt to take his life when he saw them.
And while 'dying', he posted a photo of his neck gushing blood on his account and snapped a picture of himself lying across Devins' body.
Investigators have named Clark, thought to be a frequent user of 4chan, as a person of interest in the case and said he is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment for his injuries.
It is suspected that Devins was killed after an argument with Clark, who she had been dating for just two months before they drove to a concert in Queens.
But while the circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear, social media users have been outraged over the fact a picture of her body was allowed to remain on the platform for 12 hours behind a sensitive image filter.
It was later taken down, along with Clark's account. "We removed this image, and subsequently the account, for violating our policies," said an Instagram spokesman, adding, "We are also reviewing hashtags and accounts claiming to share this content and taking action in line with our policies."
Devins' family paid tributes to the teen after 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," they said in a statement. "Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our Princess."