UTICA, N.Y. -- A timeline of events surrounding the death of Utica teen, Bianca Devins, according to a press release written by the Utica Police Department.
*Note that the details of this article are allegations as part of UPD's investigation.
May 2019 - Approximately 2 months before the Utica homicide
Brandon Clark, 21 of Cicero, and Bianca Devins, 17 of Utica - who recently graduated from Proctor High School, met on Instagram (social media) where they formed a relationship. They chatted on Instagram, before their relationship became an intimate one. They spent time together, and were introduced with each other's families.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Clark and Devins went to a concert in New York City, arriving around 7:30 p.m., and they left the concert venue sometime after 10 p.m. headed back to Utica. Police believe that some sort of an argument between the two started that precipitated the incident that followed.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Early morning hours
Sometime during the early morning hours on Boilermaker Sunday, the two arrived back in Utica and proceeded to the Poe Street location, where police allegedly found both victims. The investigation revealed that the argument progressed until Clark took a large, black-handled knife, and used it to stab Devins, ultimately causing her death.
At this time, it is unknown why Clark and Devins were on Poe Street.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Following Devins' death
During the time after her death, Clark allegedly took pictures of Devins and distributed the photos of her dead body on Discord, which is a social media platform for the 'gaming community.' Discord specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel.
Members of the Discord platform viewed the images and alleged posts from Clark and contacted the Utica Police Department.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 7:20 a.m.
Oneida County 911 Dispatch received numerous calls informing them that a man had posted to a social media site that he had killed his girlfriend, and was threatening to harm himself.
Clark then called 911 himself and made incriminating statements with respect to the homicide. He also was alluding the fact that he was going to harm himself.
Sunday, July 14 - Some time before 8 a.m.
Utica Police tracked Clark's location to Poe Street in Utica, and found Clark lying on the ground next to a black SUV.
The first officer to arrive at the scene approached Clark, and almost immediately, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife. The officer requested emergency medical care, and the Utica Fire Department arrived soon after.
After trying to harm himself, police say Clark laid down across a green tarp that was on the ground some distance away. The officer immediately noticed brown hair protruding from beneath the tarp and inquired as to where Devins was. Clark allegedly told the officer she was beneath the tarp, and proceeded to pull out his cell phone. It was at this time that police believe Clark took self-photographs of himself laying across Devins' dead body.
Sunday, July 14 - Following UPD's arrival at the scene
Other officers arrived within minutes, and they were able to engage and disarm Clark. After a brief struggle, they took him into custody and took him to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. Although his injuries were considered to be severe, he is expected to survive.
Monday July 15 - 1 p.m.
Police confirmed the name of the victim: Bianca Devins, age 17 of Utica, NY.
Monday, July 15 - Approximately 4 p.m.
The Utica City School District released a statement regarding the death of the recent graduate, and will be offering counseling services to those impacted.
Monday, July 15 - Shortly before 5 p.m.
Police did confirm that the images posted of both Devins' and Clark's injuries were authentic and happened at the time of the incident. They say they are actively are working with the various social media platforms used to share the images.
The family released a statement regarding the death of Bianca Devins.
Police also named the suspect: Brandon Clark, age 21, has a current address of Bridgeport, NY.
Monday, July 15 - 7 p.m.
WKTV learned that Brandon Clark has officially been charged with New York State Penal Law 125.25, murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony. He was arraigned and is currently in the Oneida County Jail.
Monday, July 15 - 8 p.m.
Friends of Devins used social media to organize a candlelight vigil Monday night to honor Devins, at the corner of the Parkway and Oneida Street in Utica.
The Utica Police Department would like the public to know:
The Utica Police Department takes the offenses and claims of Domestic Violence seriously. We seek to be at the forefront in assisting victims and their families and preventing these acts from occurring. We ask the public that if you or someone you know are affected, please contact the Utica Police Department at 315 735 3301 and ask for our Domestic Violence Unit.
This incident was occurring as the Boilermaker 15K Road Race was about to begin, and as such the start of the race had to be delayed approximately 20 minutes. This event had no affiliation with the race, and no race participants were involved or affected in anyway. We thank the staff and volunteers of the Boilermaker for their assistance, and thank the runners for their patience and understanding during the incident.
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