ANDERSON, S.C. (April 25, 2016) – Nearly six months after his wife was shot and killed in their northwest side home, an Indianapolis pastor discussed forgiveness and how his faith remained steady despite her death.
Davey Blackburn joined Pastor Perry Noble at NewSpring Church in South Carolina Sunday. Blackburn worked at the church before moving to Indianapolis a few years ago to start Resonate Church on the north side.
Blackburn’s life changed forever after his pregnant wife, Amanda Blackburn, was fatally shot inside their home on Nov. 10, 2015. Their son, Weston, was in his crib when it happened. Blackburn came home from a workout to find his wife had apparently collapsed.
“You never really walk through life going 'this could be an altering day,' right, and you never really walk through thinking this is going to be my last day, but hopefully you live your life with that kind of mindset,” Blackburn told the congregation. “And so I went to the gym, got a workout in, came home, walked in my house and found Amanda."
At first he didn’t realize she’d been shot.
"Honestly, I think it was by the grace of God that I had no idea what happened. I honestly thought, she was three months pregnant, so I thought that something had gone horrifically wrong with the pregnancy," he said.
"When I found her, she was still breathing, and I thought, man this is really bad, but if we can just get her to the hospital she's going to be OK. I had no idea there were bullet wounds, had no idea somebody had been in my house. Things didn't look right, something was up, but I think I was just in this cloud of shock."
That cloud of shock lifted as friends and family came together to pray.
"I feel like everything is a cloud except for that 24 hours when family and friends came in and we sat around her bed and we worshiped. We really didn't know what else to do.”
Amanda Blackburn succumbed to her injuries.
After an exhaustive search, police arrested Larry Taylor, Jalen Watson and Diano Gordon in connection with Amanda Blackburn’s death. Charges against them include murder and robbery; investigators said they were responsible for a string of burglaries and violence before Blackburn’s shooting.
Blackburn has said before that he’s forgiven the men. He reiterated that message Sunday.
"I have to wake up and I have to decide to forgive, and here's why I decided to decide to forgive,” he said. “It's because bitterness is going to be a cancer to no one else except for me and it's going to eat me up inside if I hang on to that."
The service was also played live at Resonate Church in Indianapolis.