A young man suspected of killing a New York Instagram star before posting images of her corpse online shared an ominous message after the alleged attack.
Authorities found 17-year-old Bianca Devins’ body on Sunday (local time) outside a vehicle in Utica, New York, along with suspect Brandon Clark, 21, who was hospitalised, but was expected to survive.
Police are investigating the case as a murder and attempted suicide.
Following the deadly incident, Clark continued to post haunting images on his Instagram account while in police custody, Buzzfeed News reported.
One image appears to have been taken in a car and shows a dark highway at night.
On top of the image was the caption: “Here comes hell. It’s redemption right?”
Earlier Sunday morning (local time), Clarke had posted a photo of a bloodied body with the caption: "I'm sorry Bianca.”
After the pair were found, Clark was taken into police custody after he attempted to take his own life, according to the Utica Police Department.
Police said when they attended the scene the man began to stab himself in the neck with a knife.
There was confusion in initial reports of the alleged murder, with some reports suggesting the teen’s death was the result of an online obsession and stalking incident.
However according to family members, the victim knew Clark well and had spent time with him in real life.
Bianca Devins’ sister wrote on Instagram: “It wasn’t just an ‘internet boyfriend’ this was a close family friend whom we’ve met and trusted so much.
“I do not want false information being spread around.”
Ms Devins had more than 70,000 followers on Instagram and was described by family as “a talented artist and a loving sister, daughter, and cousin”.
In a Facebook post, her stepmother, Kaleigh, expressed her family’s outrage at people who had shared the graphic images of Ms Devins’s body online after the initial post on forum website 4Chan by the alleged killer.
“It is absolutely disgusting that people are sharing, screenshoting the pictures of Bianca’s (tragic) death!! Wtf is wrong with you people!!??,” she wrote.
Clarke has been charged with second-degree murder.
With The Associated Press
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