Pastor’s pregnant wife killed in Indiana home invasion
INDIANAPOLIS — A 28-year-old woman was shot and killed during a home invasion this week.
Amanda Blackburn’s husband found her unconscious around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
She had been shot at least once. Blackburn was brain dead and placed on a ventilator. On Thursday morning, she was taken off the ventilator and her organs were donated.
Blackburn’s husband is a pastor. The couple had recently told the congregation that they were pregnant with their second child.
Their toddler son was inside the home at the time of the invasion, but he was not injured.
Police believe it was a random attack. No arrests have been made.
Blackburn’s husband, Davey Blackburn, released this statement on Wednesday:
“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.
Thank you for understanding my desire to take these next few days to continue to grieve for Amanda Grace. My focus right now is to let The Lord minister to my heart as I continue to shepherd little Weston’s. I’ll be taking this time to focus on being a great follower of Jesus, dad, family member, and pastor to our growing church.
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. I know that in her death and legacy even more people will come to a saving faith in Christ. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt her desire for me would be to continue what we’ve started here in Indy. I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that He takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come.”