Friday, 13 November 2015

Pastor's Pregnant Wife Killed Trying To Protect Her Baby From Home Intruder

The pregnant wife of a pastor in Indiana has died after being shot in the head during a home invasion. 

Amanda Blackburn, 28, was shot in her Indianapolis home as she tried to defend herself and her one-year-old son, Weston, from a burglar on Tuesday morning, police said. She was taken off life support on Wednesday and the coroners office pronounced her dead on Thursday.
Her husband, Resonate Church pastor Davey Blackburn was at the gym when the incident occurred and came home to find his wife wounded at about 8.30am.  

The suspect is still on the loose and police are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information. Officers are still investigating the incident. 

Three hours before Blackburn was found, a home close to the victim's was burglarized and electronics and other valuables were taken, according to WTHR. 

Police said it's unclear if the break-in and the shooting are connected.

Friends and family told WYFF that Blackburn, along with her husband, had recently announced that she was 12 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child.   

Blackburn was the daughter of the lead pastor at First Baptist Church in Elkhart, Indiana. She and her husband moved from South Carolina to Indianapolis in 2012 to establish the independent church, Resonate Church.  

Resonate Church posted a statement on Facebook mourning Blackburn's death and hundreds of people on social media sent prayers toward the family, according to KHOU. 

Davey Blackburn posted a statement on his church's website thanking everyone for the support. 

The statement read: '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.'

Resonate church has organized a donation page to help pay for Blackburn's funeral and medical fees.
Neighbor Reginald Townsel told KHOU that their street isn't in the 'type of neighborhood' where a shooting would occur and that the Blackburns 'didn't deserve that'. 

Another neighbor, Becky Vandenburgh, said called the shooting 'very scary'. 
'It's just horrible what happened,' she said. 'They were great people, really loving.' 
It is unknown if Blackburn's organs are being donated.  


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