Grandfather of Utica homicide victim: 'We are grateful for community's love, prayers, support'

Brandon Clark, 21, is accused of killing 17-year-old Bianca Devins last Sunday in Utica.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 12:26 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 1:13 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Cicero man accused of killing his girlfriend appeared before Judge Ralph Eannace.

Brandon Clark, 21, is accused of killing 17-year-old Bianca Devins last Sunday in Utica.

Cameras were not allowed in the court room Monday, but Clark did appear for a brief report. He was escorted into the courtroom by five police officers, wearing a bullet proof vest.

He was released from the hospital last Thursday – after recovering from what police say were self-inflicted stab wounds.

Clark is being held in Oneida County Jail without bail, after being charged with second-degree murder.

Monday, Reporter Caitlin Irla spoke with Bianca Devins' grandfather who is representing the family. He says in a tragic time like this, he is grateful for the community.

"The people that have sent their love, their prayers and their support, we feel them, we feel them deeply. We don't know how we would've gotten through this terrible journey we have to go down without their love and support. Kim, Bianca's mother, is very, very grateful to everyone for their positive feelings and expressions of sympathy,” said Frank Williams, her grandfather.

The homicide happened on Boilermaker Sunday and the investigation is still ongoing.

Clark is scheduled to appear back in Utica City Court for a felony hearing Thursday morning.

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