WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Bianca Devins’ stepmother Kaleigh Nicole Rimmer asked social media users to stop sharing grisly photos of her 17-year-old stepdaughter’s dead body on the internet.
- Devins was brutally murdered early Sunday morning by Brandon Andrew Clark, who police say the teen had been dating for about two months.
- Clark, 21, uploaded photos of Devins’ bloodied body to social media and they spread like wildfire.
Bianca Devins’ stepmother Kaleigh Nicole Rimmer asked social media users to stop sharing grisly photos of her 17-year-old stepdaughter’s dead body on the internet.
Devins, an aspiring psychology student from Utica, NY, was brutally murdered early Sunday morning by Brandon Andrew Clark, who police say Devins had been dating for about two months. Clark, 21, uploaded photos of Devins’ bloodied body to social media and they spread like wildfire.
The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder.
In an emotional Facebook post, Rimmer said that the graphic images haunt her.
“It is absolutely disgusting that people are sharing, [screenshotting] the pictures of Bianca’s [tragic] death,” she wrote. “When I close my eyes, those images haunt me.”
Clark allegedly stabbed Devins in the neck over a fight that began at a New York City concert they both attended Saturday night, said the Utica police. According to Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, he suspects Clark may have been jealous that the victim kissed another guy at the concert.
Gruesome images of the murder were uploaded to Instagram, 4chan, and gaming chat platform Discord. Users immediately alerted the police. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram were slammed for not taking down the images quickly.
“Instead of repeatedly sharing and saving these sick pictures, you report them so they can be taken down. And instead you post about what a beautiful young woman she was,” Rimmer wrote, begging people to show more consideration toward Devins and her grieving family.
“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,” she continued.
Rimmer also shared that Devins had been struggling with mental illness. “She had been through hell and back conquering her own mental illness and she won. She was getting better.”
She added: “Even in her deepest, darkest, lowest points, she somehow managed to help so many people who were battling their own demons.”
According to the obituary, Devins was passionate about helping other young people dealing with mental illness. She planned to pursue college and study psychology after graduating from high school in June.
A scholarship fund was created by her in her name for students pursuing a degree in psychology.
Source: Yahoo News