Pastor's Pregnant Wife Shot in Head by Intruders

Amanda Blackburn was taken off life support on Thursday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2015 11:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Indianapolis residents are reeling after the death of a pastor's pregnant wife. Amanda Blackburn, 28, was taken off life support on Thursday, two days after she was shot in the head during an apparent robbery at her Northwestside home, reports the Indianapolis Star. Police have released few details about the 8:30am shooting but believe Blackburn attempted to defend herself, reports WKRN. WTHR reports Blackburn's husband, Davey Blackburn, came home from the gym to find his wife on the floor; their toddler son was also home at the time but wasn't injured. No arrests have been made, though authorities are "following up on several leads." In a statement, Davey Blackburn notes that "as deeply as I am hurting, I am hopeful ... even more people will come to a saving faith in Christ" through the tragedy.

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"Amanda made it her life's calling to love and serve everyone she knew," he adds. "I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend." The couple moved to Indianapolis from South Carolina in 2012 and started the independent Resonate Church, where Davey Blackburn is pastor. The captain of the community's neighborhood watch says the couple "had just shared with their congregation that they were expecting" again, and were about 3 months along. WTHR notes that earlier that morning a nearby home was robbed, but no connection between the two crimes has been established. (This mom is recovering after she was shot while fighting intruders.)

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