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Coroner: Pregnant woman dies after violent northwest Indianapolis home invasion

A young Indianapolis mother and pastor's wife has died from injuries she suffered from a home invasion.

Amanda Blackburn passed away earlier Wednesday. On Facebook, her husband's church posted the tragic news, asking for prayers for the family.

Blackburn was shot by a burglar at the family home on Sunnyfield Court Tuesday morning. Police say she was a victim of opportunity, that whoever shot her was not specifically targeting the 28-year-old.

Detectives released a flyer Wednesday afternoon hoping to generate more leads on the killer.

"I can tell you that we are praying," said Kurt Baker, fighting emotion.

Baker, a neighbor, was brought to tears just talking about the senseless shooting death of his neighbor Amanda Blackburn - a young mother expecting another child.

Blackburn did not survive the gunshot wound during a burglary at her northwest Indianapolis home Tuesday morning, which had neighbors on edge.

"I could not sleep last night just because of the incident itself and now knowing that the lady who was pregnant has passed away," said Baker.

Amanda's husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn at Resonate Church, came home from the gym Tuesday morning only to find Amanda unconscious and shot at least once.

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Wednesday night, detectives were back at the murder scene. Forensic technicians collected more evidence a full day and a half after Blackburn's murder.

"We are processing the scene, making sure we are not leaving any stone unturned. Hopefully, it leads to additional information or any potential leads," said IMPD Ofc. Rafael Diaz.

Investigative teams used electric saws in their search for evidence. Meanwhile, up the street, IMPD talked to a neighborhood watch meeting, where 60 residents packed into a neighbor's garage.

Ryan McConnell, the Blackburns' neighbor, says it's about "that community togetherness we show tonight, strengthen our community and a partnership with the police department. Hopefully, that will continue to grow and blossom."

All the while, remembering the victim.

"That is the most important thing to us is remembering her and not forgetting her beautiful life, her family, and the people that still remain. Just to remember her husband and her child and that something we will never forget," McConnell said.

A family friend says Davey Blackburn brought his wife to Indianapolis from the Carolinas to start Resonate Church.

"It's just the saddest thing. We are all mourning now, but we are not mourning as people without hope, as the Bible says," said Kerry Kind. "Amanda was a beautiful young woman. Davey and Amanda were an extraordinary couple."

Kind says Davey Blackburn was being recruited by major league baseball, but "he chose to follow God's call and go with the pastoral ministry."

He says the death of the young mother is heartbreaking.

"Incredible to think that for a few trinkets, the life of an extraordinary young woman, young mother and wife like Amanda would be snuffed out. So saddening," Kind said.

Crime scene investigators collected evidence from inside the home and eventually started talking to neighbors.

"We have had some home break-ins, but nothing as bad as this. I've had a break-in in my car five years ago and that is one of the reason you see all these cameras here," said Baker.

Police say neighbors have a lot of private security cameras, giving them numerous images to comb through for clues.

"At least the investigators were able to discern the car and some of the details," said one neighbor, whose camera caught some images.

A suspect car?

"Yes, and we did see some people that looked a little suspicious," the neighbor said.

But it's too early to tell if cameras caught anything useful.

"We have a Crime Watch and as you can tell later in the evening, all the lights will be on and other neighbors will walk around to make sure everything is fine," said Baker.

Diaz says police are investigating other burglaries reported in the neighborhood.

"Not just specifically to this block, but in this vicinity, this area, to see if there is anything that matches up with other information I can hopefully get some leads from," he said.

If you have any information that could help police in this case, call Crime Stoppers. The telephone number is 262-TIPS.

Davey Blackburn statement

Amanda Blackburn's husband, Davey, issued the following statement Wednesday night:

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.

-Davey Blackburn

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