Police: Teen killed by man she met on Instagram who then posted photographs of corpse on-line

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A 17-year-old woman with a small social media following in upstate New York was killed by a person she’d met not too long ago on Instagram, who then posted photographs of her corpse on-line, police stated Monday.

The gory footage have been redistributed broadly, together with by on-line posters who made gentle of or celebrated the teenager’s demise.

Others urged folks to cease circulating the pictures, which had appeared in on-line chat websites together with 4chan and Discord.

On Monday, police recognized the slain woman as Bianca Devins, of Utica, New York, and stated that her alleged assailant, Brandon Clark, was being held on a second-degree homicide cost. It was unclear whether or not Clark, who lived in Bridgewater, New York, had a lawyer who may touch upon his behalf.

Discord customers who noticed the photographs Sunday morning alerted police. Officers have been looking for the teenager when the 21-year-old Clark known as 9-1-1 himself to report what he’d completed, Utica’s public security division stated in an announcement.

Officers who tracked the decision discovered Clark stabbing himself within the neck, inflicting accidents that required hospital therapy. Devins’ physique was beneath a tarp close by, police stated.

Devins and Clark met on Instagram about two months in the past, police stated.

Initially, they have been on-line acquaintances solely, however the “relationship progressed right into a personally intimate one,” police stated. “They’d frolicked collectively, and have been acquainted with one another’s households.”

The 2 attended a live performance collectively Saturday night time in New York Metropolis, the place they bought into an argument. They arrived again in Utica early Sunday and went to a spot on a dead-end avenue, in keeping with the police assertion.

There, they argued till Clark used a big knife to kill {the teenager}, police stated. Authorities started receiving calls round 7:20 a.m. Sunday, reporting {that a} man posted on a social media web site that he had killed an individual.

After police encountered Clark stabbing himself, he laid down on a inexperienced tarp and took selfies mendacity throughout the useless teenager earlier than officers took him into custody, police stated. The case is being investigated as a homicide and tried suicide, Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato stated.

Devins’ household stated in a written assertion that the teenager was “a proficient artist” and “an exquisite younger woman, taken from us all too quickly.”

“Bianca’s smile brightened our lives,” the household wrote. “She is going to all the time be remembered as our Princess.”

The household assertion stated Devins graduated from highschool final month and appeared ahead to attending a neighborhood faculty within the fall.

Utica police stated they’re working to handle the sharing of the pictures with numerous social media platforms.

The Utica Metropolis College District issued an announcement saying they “share our deepest heartfelt condolences together with her household and family members.”

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