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Teen Charged With Murdering Pastor’s Wife Amanda Blackburn

 

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A still image from a surveillance camera shows the man suspected of killing Amanda Blackburn. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

A still image from a surveillance camera shows the man suspected of killing Amanda Blackburn. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Indianapolis police released surveillance images Monday that show the man they believe killed a pregnant pastor’s wife during a home invasion last week.

The two black-and-white still images were taken by a neighbor’s security camera and show the suspect from behind with a hoodie pulled over his head.

Earlier in the week, police described the man that they believe shot 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn as a black male who is 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-9, with medium to light brown complexion and a slim to medium build.

He was wearing light pants and a two-toned hoodie with a suede bottom and lighter-colored hood obscuring his face.

Blackburn was shot once in the head on Tuesday morning after her husband, Davey Blackburn, left for the gym shortly at 6:10 a.m. Witnesses told police that they heard gunfire a half-hour later, and a dark-colored SUV was seen speeding away from the scene, though it’s unclear if the vehicle is connected to the killing.

 

During a news conference Friday, police said that more than one person may have been involved in the crime. There were no signs of forced entry, and the couple’s toddler was found unharmed in a crib.

In a statement released by his church last week, Davey Blackburn said that when he returned home from the gym, he found his wife dead. He has been “ruled out completely” as a person of interest in the case, Indianapolis Police told NBC News last week.

During the news conference, Indianapolis Police Capt. Craig Converse described the killing as a crime of opportunity.

“We believe that the people saw this as a home where they could get in and take some things. It just so happens that Amanda was home … and she was murdered,” Converse said.


Original Story

The pregnant wife of an Indiana pastor died after a single gunshot to the head Tuesday, the Marion County Coroner’s Office told NBC News.

The death of Amanda Blackburn, who was also mother to a 1-year-old baby, has been ruled a homicide, and authorities believe that she died during a home invasion.

Blackburn, 28, was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The 1-year-old, who was at home at home in his crib at the time of the apparent home invasion, was found unharmed, NBC station WTHR reported.

A statement from the Resonate Church, where Blackburn’s husband Davey is pastor, said that he discovered his wife’s body after returning home from the gym. “Someone had broken into his home and his wife Amanda had suffered a gunshot wound,” the statement said.

Davey and Amanda Blackburn Davey Blackburn / Resonate Church

Davey and Amanda Blackburn Davey Blackburn / Resonate Church

The pregnant wife of an Indiana pastor died after a single gunshot to the head Tuesday, the Marion County Coroner’s Office told NBC News.

The death of Amanda Blackburn, who was also mother to a 1-year-old baby, has been ruled a homicide, and authorities believe that she died during a home invasion.

Blackburn, 28, was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The 1-year-old, who was at home at home in his crib at the time of the apparent home invasion, was found unharmed, NBC station WTHR reported.

A statement from the Resonate Church, where Blackburn’s husband Davey is pastor, said that he discovered his wife’s body after returning home from the gym. “Someone had broken into his home and his wife Amanda had suffered a gunshot wound,” the statement said.

In a statement posted on the church’s website, the pastor described his wife as “a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God.”

“I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend,” the statement said, adding: “Amanda made it her life’s calling to love and serve everyone she knew.”

An Indianapolis police spokesman told NBC News that Davey Blackburn has been “ruled out completely and is definitely not a person of interest in this investigation.”

“I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that he takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph.”

The church launched a support fund for the family. Its website said the couple moved to the area in 2012.

It added: “Please join us in prayer for our pastor, his son Weston and their entire family during these hard days ahead. We have extremely heavy hearts and although we are hurting tremendously, we are still hoping and believing that great things are still yet to come.”

Police say a nearby house was earlier hit by a burglar who took electronics and other valuables, WTHR reported, although it was not yet clear if that break-in was connected to Amanda Blackburn’s death.

“For something like that, such a brazen attack,” neighborhood crime watch captain Ryan McConnell told the station. “It makes you scared. You don’t want to live in fear.”

Pastor Blackburn’s statement added: “I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that he takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph.”

Davey and Amanda Blackburn Davey Blackburn / Resonate Church

Davey and Amanda Blackburn Davey Blackburn / Resonate Church