Pastor's Pregnant Wife is Fatally Shot in the Head During Home Invasion: Police
The reportedly pregnant wife of an Indiana pastor has died after being shot in the head during a seemingly random home invasion, officials said.
Amanda Grace Blackburn, 28, was brutally shot in her northwest Indianapolis home Tuesday morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said.
Her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, had gone to the gym and when he returned at 8:30 a.m., he found her body, cops said.
Their one-year-old son was home at the time of the shooting, but he was not hurt, police said.
Amanda Blackburn was rushed to Methodist Hospital, but she could not be saved. She remained on life support until her organs could be donated and was officially declared dead on Wednesday, officials said.
Police do not suspect Davey Blackburn had anything to do with his wife’s murder.
About three hours before Amanda Blackburn had been found shot, a nearby home was burglarized, officials said. Investigators are trying to determine if the two incidents are connected.
Items were taken from the Blackburn home, but police declined to say what was specifically stolen.
“The working theory is someone was potentially trying to break in and burglarize the house. (It’s possible) they saw the husband had left and they went there not knowing she was there,” IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams told INSIDE EDITION.
The young family had recently moved to the area, where Davey Blackburn serves as Pastor of Resonate Church, cops said.
The couple had been married seven years, with Amanda Blackburn taking to social media to celebrate their anniversary.
They were expecting to add another member to their family, as the young mother was 12 weeks pregnant, family and friends told reporters.
“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,” Davey Blackburn said in a statement on the church’s website.
“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,” he continued.
“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... My focus right now is to let The Lord minister to my heart as I continue to shepherd little Weston’s.”
The Marion County Coroner’s office was working to determine Amanda Blackburn’s official cause of death Thursday.
Police have not yet released a suspect description. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 317-262-TIPS.
“It’s horrific. Obviously death at any level is but particularly this… We see in our city, most homicides are connected to something—drugs or retaliation for something—what we’re seeing here is a random act,” Adams told IE. “It’s devastating.”