N.Y. teen may have been killed in jeal­ous rage af­ter she kissed some­one at con­cert

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By David Bo­roff

NEW YORK — The up­state New York teen who was mur­dered over the week­end may have been killed in a jeal­ous rage by her boyfriend af­ter she kissed some­one else at a con­cert in Queens, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties.

Bianca Devins, 17, had at­tended the Ni­cole Dol­lan­ganger per­for­mance in New York City on Satur­day night with beau Bran­don Clark, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties. She was found dead early the fol­low­ing morn­ing in Utica and Clark, 21, was charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the cou­ple be­gan to ar­gue at the venue, and the dis­pute in­ten­si­fied when they re­turned to Utica. Author­i­ties say Clark used a knife to kill Devins and also to harm him­self.

“The be­lief is that she kissed some­body at the con­cert and that’s what up­set him,” Oneida County District At­tor­ney Scott McNa­mara told Utica TV sta­tion WKTV on Tues­day. “I have a very hard time un­der­stand­ing how any­body can jus­tify tak­ing an­other young per­son’s life be­cause they kissed some­body else.”

Cops say Clark posted graphic pho­tos of Devins’ dead body on­line fol­low­ing the slay­ing. The pictures were widely shared on such out­lets as In­sta­gram, 4chan and Dis­cord, and some strug­gled to quickly re­move the con­tent. Im­ages con­tin­ued to ap­pear on In­sta­gram as re­cently as Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Fast Com­pany.

“Our thoughts go out to those af­fected by this tragic event,” a spokesper­son for Face­book, which owns In­sta­gram, told Fast Com­pany. “We are tak­ing ev­ery mea­sure to re­move this con­tent from our plat­forms.”

Dol­lan­ganger, whose con­cert Devins at­tended, urged peo­ple to stop shar­ing the “hor­rific” con­tent ear­lier this week.

“What hap­pened to this beau­ti­ful an­gel was evil, cruel and sense­less,” she wrote. “I am so heart­bro­ken for her and all her loved ones.”

Clark, who lives in Bridge­wa­ter, which is near Utica, met the teen two months ago on In­sta­gram, and their re­la­tion­ship pro­gressed into a “per­son­ally in­ti­mate one,” ac­cord­ing to the Utica Po­lice Depart­ment.

“The head­line is out there, ‘boyfriend kills girl­friend and posts pho­to­graph on so­cial me­dia’ and most peo­ple think the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete and it’s done and over with,” McNa­mara told WKTV.

Author­i­ties are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether the slay­ing was “pre­planned.”

“Un­der the law, there’s some­thing called ex­treme emo­tional dis­tur­bance,” McNa­mara told the sta­tion. “It doesn’t negate the crime, but it mit­i­gates it. What I mean by that is it doesn’t make it so you’re not guilty, it just re­duces the level of crime, so it would knock it from a mur­der sec­ond to man­slaugh­ter in the first de­gree.”

Nine years ago, Bran­don Clark's fa­ther, Ja­son, held Bran­don's mother hostage in a stand-off with Ful­ton po­lice and an Oswego County SWAT team in Ful­ton.

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