Two years have passed, but in many ways, time has stood still for the family of Bianca Devins, the teen who was brutally murdered in Utica in 2019.
Bianca was killed on July 14, and graphic photos of the crime were shared to social media for the world to see – but her family and local lawmakers are trying to make sure that never happens again.
Legislation aiming to establish penalties for people who spread these kinds of images on the internet passed the Assembly in June, and is in committee in the Senate.
Bianca’s grandfather, Frank Williams, doesn’t want any others to experience the pain his family felt seeing those photos.
"Our next building block is to get laws that will prevent the dissemination and sending of photos such as were sent to my family. The death photos that were taken by Bianca's murderer,” he said.
Bianca's mother, Kim Devins, made a heartfelt post to Facebook Wednesday, saying "It is an honor to be your mom and I am so grateful for the 17 years I had with you. You were my greatest adventure (and what an adventure is was)! I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to protect you, but I will spend the rest of my life honoring the person you were and fighting for you and because of you. . We’re going to create laws and do big things in your name, baby girl."
The family is also collecting donations for a memorial scholarship in Bianca’s name.
A candlelight vigil to remember Bianca will be held Wednesday night in Forest Hill Cemetery, starting at 8 p.m.
Bianca’s killer, Brandon Clark, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.