reporters on a platform technologically tailored to meet the needs of the modern reader. Paladino also thinks the attack was premeditated.  The images of Devins' body were then posted by Clark to Discord, at around 6:00. "We will always remember her beautiful smile that lit up our lives.  #RIPBianca briefly trended on Twitter. They met a male friend, named Alex, and smoked cannabis in the vehicle, which belonged to Clark. My little sister was only 16 she had so much life!  Densley, said the images exposed the "weird incentive structures" in modern social media and lamented how Devins lives in "sort of perpetual infamy online every time her image is shared.  Clark, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, on July 29.  A video of Devins before and during the murder was also taken, that was falsely claimed to be uploaded by Clark in the hours following her death.  According to Syracuse Devins had been dealing with online harassment from incels for at least two years.  Elizabeth Doran of Syracuse noted that the case was more closer to "the well-worn story...of abusive male partners". There is no evidence that Clark was abusive, although one of Devins' sister alleged that by virtue of age—Clark was 21, Devins 17—gender and "his outright inclination towards violence" he held power over Devins. Legislation was introduced in Devins' name to further the moderation of social media companies. Bianca’s family created a, "Our family is devastated by the loss of our beautiful angel, Bianca. , Kim Devins alongside Anthony Brindisi have called for increased monitoring of social media such as Instagram, who in response allowed users to block private messages from strangers. hitType: 'event', , Investigations of Clark's internet history suggested that he was possibly obsessed with Devins, searching her name and checking her social media platforms frequently as well as saving photos of her and repeatedly sending messages to her annoyances. Some sources reported them to be dating and in a sexual relationship. The nature of their friendship is composed of conflicting reports, with some calling him a close family friend, while others fear he was exploitative towards Devins.  By the time Police arrived, Devins was dead and nearly decapitated. , The images of Devins' became widely shared on social media such as Instagram and Twitter.  Devins previous use of 4chan and "e-girl" image became a source of mockery for 4chan users.  On September 21, 2020, Brindsi and Devins' family introduced "Bianca's law". Clark uploaded graphic images of the murder to Instagram, 4chan, and gaming chat platform Discord, and users quickly reported the crime to police.  Brindsi has personally contacted the Federal Trade Commission and requested they investigate the case for full accountability.  #RIPBianca was used to express support, and discuss the murder's relation to similar stories as well as women's fear of rejecting men. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), Instagram's and other sites slow response to the photos virality was strongly criticized.  One friend of Devins' expressed worry that he may have taken advantage of her—sexually—while they were high on drugs, which friends of hers said Clark would give at times so Devins would spend time with him. A hashtag of her name was used to combat the photos of her being shared.  He will be sentenced on November 10.  Accounts promising to post images of Devins’ murder in exchange for likes and follows and illegitimate fund-raising sites sprung up to capitalize on her name and death. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), Police in upstate New York say they have made an arrest after a teenager was murdered and a grisly photo of her body was shared on social media. Legislation was introduced in Devins' name to further the moderation of social media companies. , Clark was often portrayed as a lonely, obsessed, stalker of Devins, who tracked her down at a concert and then killed her after she declined his sexual advances. MEAWW brings you the best content from its global team of Devins’ sister posted a heartbreaking message on her own Instagram page and called for a candlelit vigil to be held, while a man reported to be Clark’s brother posted a plea for understanding and an apology, saying; “I’m deeply sorry something like this came from my family.”, Curley said that discussions between police and the Oneida County District Attorney’s office regarding criminal charges against Clark were “ongoing with respect to premeditation.”. By July 15, her follower count had risen by 75,000.  Conversely, a childhood friend described him as obsessive, noting his fixations on Pokemon and lolicon. Everyone loved her she always kept a smile on her face & everyone happy... She stood out when she walked in the room!  His sentencing was originally scheduled for April 7 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us all pledge to share Bianca's amazing spirit to make this world a better place. Kris says Bianca is 'The One’ as long as she continues to cook him dinner every night (Image: Instagram).   Many media outlets used the murder to decry the dangers of meeting people online, a narrative which Kim strongly criticized. Devins apologizes but states that they're not in a monogamous relationship. “Your prayers help to strengthen us through this difficult time.”. , By July 15, the story had reached the mainstream and was subsequently reported around the world. 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Officials say the two went to a concert together in New York City on Saturday and arrived back in Utica early Sunday morning when an argument between them occurred. }); Alongside the photo, uploaded to Instagram, Bianca wrote: 'Pure bliss. },false) Devins relationship with her father was strained, and her mother referred to Devins' father as "emotionally abusive" and from 2015 onward kept little contact with Devins. Curley confirmed that Clark and Devins had an “intimate partnership of two or three months” earlier this year, but the exact timeline was unknown. When Clark was ten years old, an incident in which his father held his mother at knifepoint for several hours resulted in Clark being entered into state foster care. [f] Clark was similarly, falsely described. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(),  It was reported that some images stayed on Instagram for as long as four days and Kim claimed that by September the images could still found on Facebook. Photos of her corpse were then allegedly uploaded by Clark to the internet, who attempted suicide following Devins' death but failed. Michael Curley of the Utica Police Department told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview that “the photos of the deceased [Devins] and of him [Clark] and the wounds on his neck are legitimate.”. Photo: Courtesy of the Bianca Devins Family Fund. The grisly murder of a teenage girl has sparked a furor online after pictures and video of the crime were widely shared on internet forums.  In response, Instagram and Facebook removed Clark's account (that went by the name @yesjuilet) and attempted to stop the spread of the photos.  On February 10, 2020, before his trial, the accused changed his plea to guilty, facing potentially 25 years to life in prison.  Devins previous use of 4chan and "e-girl" image became a source of mockery for 4chan users.