Social media stories don't get much more disturbing than this: Police say a 17-year-old Instagram personality in upstate New York was murdered by a man she met through the service, who then shared grisly photos of her body online. Police say they were trying to track down 21-year-old Brandon Clark in Utica around 7am Sunday morning when he called 911 himself and "made incriminating statements," the New York Times reports. As officers approached his vehicle, he stabbed himself in the neck, lay down on a green tarp, and began taking selfies and posting them on Snapchat. Under the tarp, officers found the body of Bianca Devins. Her throat had been slit. Clark was hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to survive. He was charged with second-degree murder Monday night.
Police say Clark and Bianca met on Instagram around two months ago, and their relationship later became a "personally intimate one," the AP reports. Investigators believe he stabbed her after they attended a concert in New York City on Saturday night and he drove her back to Utica. Mashable reports that after Clark shared photos of Devins' corpse on the chat platform Discord and ghoulish Instagram users spread them widely, her followers tried to "drown them out" by posting floods of positive image with tags including #escty—her username—and #ripbianca. "Let's remember Bianca as the beautiful girl she was," one user wrote. "She was murdered in cold blood by a boy I will not name and the pictures he took of her after the fact are being circulated by basement-dwelling edgelords using her horrible demise as a joke. It's disgusting." Instagram said it was "taking every measure" to remove the gory photos. (Read more Instagram stories.)