Pregnant pastor's wife Amanda Blackburn killed in Indianapolis home break-in

Pregnant pastor's wife Amanda Blackburn killed in Indianapolis home break-in

The wife of an Indianapolis pastor was shot and killed during a home break-in Tuesday morning while their young son sat in another room.

Emergency crews were called to a northwest-side home on Sunnyfield Court around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday for a report of an unresponsive woman. They arrived to find 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn in critical condition suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Blackburn was transported the hospital, where she was pronounced dead Wednesday. A family spokesman said organ donation preparations were underway.

Police said Blackburn is the wife of a local pastor, Davey Blackburn. She was pregnant with their second child.

Blackburn's husband, with whom she helped found the Resonate Church, posted a statement Wednesday night on his church's website:

It's impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. My wife was such a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God. I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend. There is no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these. As deeply as I am hurting I am hopeful and confident that good things will come of this. I rest in the truth of Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.

Neighbors along Sunnyfield Court said they were horrified to learn of the crime.

"This isn't that type of neighborhood. Those people didn't deserve it. We've pretty much have been praying and crying all night," neighbor Reginald Townsel said.

On Wednesday, IMPD posted on Facebook that Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for information. Police said they believe the incident started as a robbery, and there were signs of a struggle.

A home break-in was reported a few doors down around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police were investigating to see if the two were related.


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