Indy pastor releases statement after wife’s shooting in home invasion

UPDATE: Amanda Blackburn has passed away.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 11, 2015)— The coroner says death “is imminent” for Amanda Blackburn, the wife of an Indianapolis pastor who was attacked in a home invasion on the city’s northwest side.

According to the coroner, she is brain dead but still on a ventilator:  “She is still on a ventilator at this time. Our office has been contacted, but she has not been pronounced at this time. It appears that death is imminent.”

Officers responded to the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Blackburn’s husband came home and found her unconscious on the floor.

Blackburn, 28, was shot at least once. Their toddler son was home at the time of the home invasion, but he was not injured.

“She’s just such a loving mom and he’s just a swell guy, so for this to happen to them is just devastating to all of us in the neighborhood,” said Ryan McConnell, the neighborhood watch captain.

According to neighbors, the Blackburn had recently announced she was pregnant.

“He’s a pastor at a local church and they had just shared with their congregation that they were expecting last Sunday from what I understand,” said McConnell.

For nearly 10 hours, the street was blocked off as detectives processed the scene and went door to door talking to neighbors.

"Obviously a lot of questions that still need to be answered," said Rafael Diaz, IMPD officer.

Police are currently investigating another break-in in the same area. At this time the two cases haven't been connected.

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

"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."

Police believe this was a random act, and suspect information has not yet been released. A reward of up to $1000 is being offered for information that leads to a felony arrest in this case. If you know anything call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Crime scene detectives returned to the house Wednesday evening, checking to make sure nothing was missed during the initial investigation. A neighborhood meeting was held that was not open to the media.

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