Neighbors pitch in to find Amanda Blackburn’s killer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 14, 2015) – As police search for the shooter of Amanda Blackburn, the crime watch in her neighborhood and other community members are doing their part to bring the killer to justice.

Dozens of neighbors in The Woods of North Kessler gathered at the crime watch’s leaders home and then distributed flyers with information about the crime around the city. Someone broke into Amanda Blackburn’s home Tuesday morning and fatally shot her. Police have not released any suspect information at this point.

“I don’t ever want somebody to be able to do this to another family, friend, sister, mother,” Amanda Cummings, who lives across the cul-de-sac, said. “It’s not fair. It’s senseless and it should never have happened.”

Neighborhood crime watch leader, Ryan McConnell, organized the meeting. He hopes the flyers around town bring more awareness to the crime and encourage someone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest.

“I mean not everybody watches the news or has access to the internet,” McConnell said. “This is just another form of communicating what’s going on to our community and getting information out there.”

“It’s great people are coming together to bring more awareness to the story and see if we can get this guy off the streets,” Cummings said.

McConnell said he is working with other nearby neighborhoods to form a coalition to make sure a crime like this does not happen again.

“This is important not only for our community, our neighborhood but communities across the city,” McConnell said. “This is a problem in our entire city and we need to attack this together. We need to take responsibility for our city and take our streets back.”