UTICA, N.Y. – A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night in memory of Bianca Devins, the Utica teen who was killed on Boilermaker Sunday last year.
The vigil will take place at Roscoe Conkling Park, on the corner of Oneida Street and Memorial Parkway, starting at 8:30 p.m.
People are asked to wear pink in honor of Bianca, and bring a candle to light in her memory.
Bianca’s family released a statement, thanking the community for their support over the past year, saying, in part, “Today, we commemorate one year from the senseless and tragic loss of our beloved 17-year-old, Bianca Michelle Devins. We thank everyone in the Central New York area for your continued love and support of our family.”
People who plan to attend the vigil are asked to wear masks, and practice social distancing.
Brandon Clark, the man accused of murdering Bianca, is scheduled to appear in court later this month. Clark pleaded guilty to murder in February, after he allegedly killed the girl and then posted photos of her body on social media.
Bianca’s family has been awaiting Clark’s court appearance since it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The statement released Monday, went on to say, “Our Family still seeks justice for Bianca, and is grateful to Congressman Anthony Brindisi for his leadership in calling for social media accountability in not allowing graphic crime photos, such as Bianca’s to be posted on social media. We eagerly await the sentencing of Bianca’s murderer and believe he should receive the maximum sentence allowed by law for his actions in taking Bianca from us.”