Indiana Pastor’s Wife Shot and Killed While 1-Year-Old At Home
The pregnant wife of a pastor was shot in the head in her Indianapolis home, police said. They said the husband is not a suspect in the case.
Amanda Blackburn, 28, was found dead of a gunshot wound in her home when her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, returned home from the gym on Tuesday morning, police said.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office announced Blackburn’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, reported the Indianapolis Star. The wife, who was 12 weeks pregnant, died at a nearby hospital.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Kendale Adams told the Star that detectives are “following up on several leads.”
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According to ABC News, the couple’s young child was home when the alleged home invasion took place. Security footage from neighbors’ homes were collected and will be investigated, authorities said.
“Investigators are working on leads that detectives have been receiving,” Adams added.
The couple appeared to be happy and in in love, posting several YouTube videos about a “romantic getaway” in Chicago. Amanda even offered marriage advice: “You can lead your wife best, by just being a really, really good Godly example to her.”
Local authorities have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case.
Davey Blackburn issued a statement overnight, which read: “It’s impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. … I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend.”
“Please consider supporting our pastor Davey, their son Weston, and their entire family during these hard days ahead,” the church said. “We have extremely heavy hearts and although we are hurting tremendously, we are hoping and believing that the best is still yet to come.”