UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — It has been one year since the Utica teen Bianca Devins was murdered by 22-year-old Cicero man, Brandon Clark.
On Tuesday evening, dozens of friends, family and other loved ones of Bianca gathered nearby the swings at Roscoe Conkling Park in Utica to celebrate the teen in memory. The Devins family is calling this the first “angel-versary” on the loss of their daughter. Bianca’s grandfather, Frank Williams, sang Puff the Magic Dragon, it is a song that is near and dear to the family’s heart. Everyone lit candles and many people wore pink, it was Bianca’s favorite color.
A case that made national headlines, the Devin’s family is thankful for all the support they have received over the year. “…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,” says Williams.
“It was definitely very emotional its very surreal having this person that you’ve know since you were a kid and they’re suddenly not there anymore but obviously that part is said but seeing all these people who love her and support her its very heartwarming,” says Jacob Spears, one of Bianca’s high school friends.
Bianca’s family continues to honor Bianca’s memory through the Bianca Michelle Devins Memorial Scholarship managed by The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance to college students seeking careers helping adolescents with mental health issues; this was Bianca’s career goal. Further details on the award of this scholarship will be announced soon.
“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,” says Williams.
Brandon Clark is charged with second degree murder. He is currently being held at the Oneida County Jail. he’s scheduled to be sentenced July 28th. Clark can face a maximum charge of 25 years to life in prison.