Photos of up-and-coming social media personality Bianca Devins’ corpse went viral shortly her gruesome murder, and her stepmother is infuriated.
“It is absolutely disgusting that people are sharing, screenshoting the pictures of Bianca’s [tragic] death!! Wtf is wrong with you people!!??” her stepmother Kaleigh Nicole wrote on Facebook.
In the impassioned post written on Monday afternoon, Nicole said she was infuriated by the people who continued to share the grisly photos instead of reporting them and that she will be forever haunted by the images she encountered on social media.
“She had been through hell and back conquering her own mental illness and she won,” Nicole said. “She was getting better. Fighting everyday. She was happy. She had just graduated. She wanted to continue her schooling so that she could help people, like her, whom no one else wanted to help. She was so loved and it breaks our hearts not knowing if she ever realized just how loved she was.”
Instagram is now under criticism for having not taken one of the photos down sooner and told users that originally reported the image that it was not “in violation of its guidelines," according to BuzzFeed News.
The image, which was visible on the platform for about a day, was posted Sunday by 21-year-old accused killer Brandon Andrew Clark with the caption “sorry,” reports said.
Police said Clark killed 17-year-old Devins of Utica, New York, before posting more photos to other social media sites, including Discord.
Clark called police after the alleged killing and stabbed his own neck with his knife as cops approached, authorities said. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, according to reports.
Authorities found Devins’ body underneath a tarp that Clark was lying on.
"The male took self-photographs of himself laying across the deceased female," the police statement said.
They had reportedly met on a dating site and got into an argument at a concert they attending that night.
Clark has since been charged with second-degree murder.