A 21-year-old man from New York, found seriously injured near the body of a 17-year-old girl, is believed to have killed the teenager and to have posted photos of her son. body on Instagram, where they had met for the first time digitally, announced Monday the police.
The investigators found the body of the girl Sunday outside a vehicle in Utica, with the man; He has been hospitalized but is expected to survive, police said.
The teenager was identified as Bianca Devins, the police sergeant of Utica. Michael Curley said. He identified Brandon Clark, 21, as the injured and the suspect of the murder.
Clark was charged with second-degree murder on Monday night, police said. It was not clear if the suspect had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
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The girl's family said in a statement to Fox News: "Bianca, a 17-year-old, was a talented artist, a sister, a daughter and a loving cousin, and a wonderful girl, who was abducted too much. early. She is looking at us now, as she joins her cat, Belle, to heaven. "
Police were investigating the case as a murder and attempted suicide, said Lt. Bryan Coromato, WNBC reported.
Utica police said in a statement to Fox News: "Regarding their relationship, they learned that they had met on the social media platform Instagram there is about two months. They mainly used this means of communication and their relationship gradually evolved into an intimate relationship. They had spent time together and knew each other's families. "
Investigators believe the man has posted photos of the girl's body on Instagram, where at least one of them has been widely circulated, Coromato said.
The death of Devins has sparked a wave of attention and disgust online in the photos. Some Internet users have urged others to stop broadcasting images.
"Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragic event. We are taking all necessary steps to remove this content from our platforms, "Stephanie Otway, spokesperson for Instagram, told Fox News by email.
Instagram has blocked the hashtag #yesjuliet for trying to spread the image of the girl's corpse.
Clark's accounts on Facebook and Instagram were removed on Monday, and Otway told Fox News that Instagram was in contact with law enforcement.
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Associated Press contributed to this report.