NCAVP mourns the death of 17-year-old Bianca Devins, an asexual teen in Utica, NY, whose life was tragically and publicly taken, July 14, 2019. According to media reports, Bianca Devins was a recent graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, New York who grew an online following through frequently posting photos on Instagram and Tumblr about video games, asexuality, and anime. Mourning friends say she was active in gaming and other online communities and served as an inspiration for creative expression.
The Devins’ family issued a statement through police thanking friends and family for their prayers, “Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our princess.”
Devins’ sister wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for being the best sister I could ever imagine Thank you for always protecting me and sticking up for me. I am going to do this for you.”
The 21 year old suspect, Brandon Clark, has been identified and is slated to face charges in the forthcoming days.
We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.
NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.