Coroner: Pregnant woman dies after violent northwest Indianapolis home invasion

Coroner: Pregnant woman dies after violent northwest Indianapolis home invasion
Coroner: Pregnant woman dies after violent northwest Indianapolis home invasion
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The woman assaulted and shot Tuesday morning during a northwest Indianapolis home invasion has died, according to her family's church. Amanda Blackburn passed away this morning.

The incident was reported at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court, which is near W. 38th Street and W. Kessler Blvd. North Drive on the northwest side of Indianapolis. 

"We found the adult female victim in the home unconscious. Head trauma. She was transported to Methodist Hospital in critical condition," said IMPD Ofc. Rafael Diaz on Tuesday.

The police report on the incident notes the woman was shot.

No arrests so far in home invasion that left young mother dead

The victim was 28-year-old expectant mother, Amanda Blackburn. She was also mother to a 1-year-old child. The toddler was in the house during the attack, but was not hurt. 

The woman's husband, a pastor, was at the gym when the attack occurred and discovered the scene when he arrived home at 8:30 a.m.

Donate to a fund to help the family pay for funeral and other expenses.

Police say three hours before the victim was found, a nearby house was hit by a burglar who took electronics and other valuables. It is not yet clear if that break-in was connected to the brutal assault.

Neighbors met at a nearby house Tuesday night for a private vigil. Around the corner, crime lab detectives were still on the scene past sunset for a crime that happened before sunrise.

"For something like that, such a brazen attack," said Ryan McConnell, the neighborhood crime watch captain. "It makes you scared. You don't want to live in fear."

Before the vigil, McConnell said some residents of the neighborhood saw a couple of odd things happen Tuesday morning. They have shared that information with police.

It's a new reminder to lock the doors and close windows, even when you're home.

"We are a close community. We all know each other. For somebody to come in and from the outside and do something like this, it just makes you feel vulnerable, because how do you really plan for something?" McConnell said. "For somebody to do something like that, somebody just out with bad intentions."

"We all see things on the news and think that's terrible. It makes you hurt for people, but it really hits home when it's somebody you know and know personally," he said.

Police have not yet released information about suspects in the case and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Donate to a fund to help the family pay for funeral and other expenses.

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