Video After The Jump
Report via Observer-Dispatch (UTICA) — About 200 relatives, friends, classmates and community members turned out for a candlelight vigil at the Parkway Community Center Monday evening to honor the girl Bianca Devins was and the young woman she might have become.
Utica police say Devins, 17 and a recent Thomas R. Proctor High School graduate, was murdered Sunday morning by her boyfriend, Brandon Clark, 21, of Bridgeport, who then tried to take his own life.
A portrait of Devins in a yellow top and tealight candles spelling out “forever beautiful” set the scene as the crowd, some weeping, some smiling over happy memories, gathered near the swing set because Devins always loved to swing.
“She had a very kind heart, a beautiful smile and a beautiful soul,” said a male relative who led the vigil.
“I love you, Bianca,” the crowd yelled in unison before listening recordings of a few songs, including Umbrella by Rihanna and My Wish by Rascal Flatts, and singing Puff the Magic Dragon.