Amanda Blackburn died after being shot in the head while protecting her baby. The pastor’s wife was shot in the during an Indianapolis home invasion on Tuesday. The 28-year-old mother was the pregnant wife of the Pastor Davey Blackburn, was pronounced dead two days later after being transported to a local hospital.
Amanda Grace Blackburn was killed inside their home in a quiet neighborhood while attempting to shield 1-year-old son, Weston Blackburn. Pastor Davey Blackburn and the congregation of his Resonate Church are left in shock and are mourning the tragic loss of the young mother. After being taken off life support, the pastor donated his wife’s organs to help others.
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Pastor Davey Blackburn found his wife shot in the head when he returned home from working out at the gym around 8:30 a.m. The suspected killer remains on the loose, and a reward for information about the man has been offered by the Indianapolis Police Department, the Daily Mail reports.
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Just three hours before the pastor’s wife was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, a nearby home had been burglarized. Electronics and other household valuables were stolen from the neighbor, according to a report by WTHR. Police have not yet connected the two home invasions, but the investigation into the murder and burglaries is still ongoing.
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During an interview with WYFF, friends and relatives of Amanda Blackburn said that the couple had recently announced that they were expecting their second child. Blackburn was reportedly about 12 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder.
The Indiana pastor’s wife was also the daughter of a preacher. Her father was the leader of the First Baptist Church in Elkhart, Indiana. In 2012, Amanda and Davey Blackburn moved to Indianapolis to build the Resonate Church. After the news of the horrific murder became public, the Resonate Church posted a statement on Facebook mourning Blackburn’s death, KHOU reports.
“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,” a statement by Pastor Blackburn posted on the Resonate Church website said. “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.”
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Pastor Blackburn went on to thank his congregation for giving the family time to grieve for Amanda Grace. He said his focus at the moment is to aid baby Weston.
“I’ll be taking this time to focus on being a great follower of Jesus, dad, family member, and pastor to our growing church,” Pastor Blackburn added. “Amanda made it her life’s calling to love and serve everyone she knew. Even more, she has made it her life’s mission to see as many people as possible come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.”
Reginald Townsel, a neighbor to the Blackburn family, said their Indianapolis neighborhood is not the type of place where crime, especially violent crime, occurs. Townsel and several other neighbors told reporters what a fine family Davey and Amanda had and expressed deep sadness at the loss of the woman they regarded as kind, helpful, and a loving parent.
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