Amanda Blackburn, pregnant wife of an Indianapolis pastor was shot and killed during a home invasion, police and church officials said.
The Marion County Coroner’s office confirmed Amanda Blackburn, 28, has been moved from the hospital and pronounced dead after her organs were donated. An autopsy will be performed.
The church founder and young mother was critically injured in the shooting around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday inside her home in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court, near 38th Street and West Kessler Boulevard, North Drive.
Her death spurred a surge of sympathy and prayers on social media throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday as friends, family members and strangers mourned with public posts.
Blackburn, and her husband Davey Blackburn, moved to Indianapolis in 2012 from South Carolina to start the Resonate Church, an independent church on the Northside. They have a toddler son, Weston.
The Christian family was growing, as the couple had just announced Amanda Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant with her second child.
“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,” Davey Blackburn said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating the shooting as a robbery, but police have revealed few details about the attack. No suspect information has been released to the public.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Kendale Adams said detectives are “following up on several leads.”
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