"Imagine seeing those pictures and having everything in you break," Bianca Devins' stepmom wrote on Facebook

By Robyn Merrett
July 17, 2019 09:05 PM
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As the family of Bianca Devins continues to mourn her death, her grieving stepmother is begging the public to stop sharing photos of the teen’s murder online.

On Monday, just one day after Devins was allegedly fatally stabbed by a man she’d met on Instagram — who then posted images of her body on social media — Kaleigh Nicole expressed her outrage on Facebook.

“It is absolutely disgusting that people are sharing, screenshotting the pictures of Bianca’s tragedic [sic] death!! WTF is wrong with you people!!??” Nicole wrote.

“I have seen the pictures. I will FOREVER have those images in my mind when I think of her. When I close my eyes, those images haunt me,” she added.

Nicole continued, “How about we have some f—— consideration for her Mother, Sister, Step sisters and brother, Step Mother and Step Father, her Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Newphews [sic] and her friends. How about we have some f—— consideration FOR HER!!!”

Nicole went on to explain that seeing the images was especially hard on Devins’ loved ones.

“Imagine sitting there, in disbelief and praying to God that this is all some mistake and that your baby will walk through the door any minute. Now imagine seeing those pictures and having everything in you break. Imagine not even being able to yell out and scream or cry because your soul has now just been broken,” she wrote.

Kaleigh Nicole/Facebook

Nicole is urging social media users to report the photos and to instead post “what a beautiful young woman she was.”

“Bianca was a lot of things to so many people. She was young and beautiful and so full of live [sic],” Nicole wrote.

She shared that Bianca had overcome many obstacles before her shocking death.

“She had been through hell and back, conquering her own mental illness and she won. She was getting better. Fighting everyday,” Nicole added.

“She was happy. She had just graduated. She wanted to continue her schooling so that she could help people, like her, whom no one else wanted to help. She was so loved and it breaks out hearts not knowing if she ever realized just how loved she was,” Nicole continued.

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Nicole’s message comes after Devins’ sister Olivia paid tribute to the victim in an Instagram post.

“I hate knowing you’re not going to ever come back home,” she wrote. “You were the best sister anyone could’ve asked for. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being the best sister I could ever imagine.”

In a statement released through a publicist, Devins’ family described her as “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.”

The tragedy fed the hashtag #RIPBianca and fueled online outrage about the images that showed up and were shared on Discord, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Early Sunday, the suspect, Brandon Clark, placed a 911 call and then stabbed himself in the neck as officers moved in on him after he laid down atop her body, which was under a green tarp on the ground outside of a parked SUV on a dead-end street in Utica, New York, police allege.

As officers watched, Clark, 21, then pulled out a cell phone and “took self-photographs of himself laying across the deceased female,” police allege.

Authorities disarmed Clark and after a struggle took him into custody and to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for “severe” injuries from which he is expected to survive, according to Utica police.

Bianca Devins
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