Carolinas Grieving Indiana Mother Killed in Home Invasion

INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. -- The daughter-in-law of a Brevard pastor was killed in a home invasion in Indiana.

Amanda Blackburn, 28, was three months pregnant when she died Wednesday after a burglar shot her inside her home Tuesday morning.

News 13 has learned Blackburn and her husband have ties to the Carolinas.

Amanda Blackburn and her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, have a one-year-old son.

Amanda's husband was at the gym when it happened and found her unconscious when he returned home.

"I could not sleep last night just because of the incident itself and now knowing that the lady who was pregnant has passed away," Kurt Baker, a neighbor of the Blackburns in Indianapolis, said.

What we're learning about the family is Pastor Davey Blackburn served at NewSpring Church in Anderson County until 2012. That's when the young couple moved north.

They also have a tie to North Carolina. Pastor Davey Blackburn's father is the pastor of NEXT Church in Brevard.

Following prayer services Tuesday night, News 13 reached out to people who know the Blackburns, but no one is ready to talk about this tragedy.

As for people in that Indianapolis neighborhood, they are shaken by what's happened next door, especially since no one has been arrested in this case.

"I can tell you that we are praying," Baker said.

Both Amanda and her husband are graduates of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

Statement Posted on Davey Blackburn's Facebook page:

It's impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. 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. 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. I rest in the truth of Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.

Thank you for understanding my desire to take these next few days to continue to grieve for Amanda Grace. My focus right now is to let The Lord minister to my heart as I continue to shepherd little Weston's. I'll be taking this time to focus on being a great follower of Jesus, dad, family member, and pastor to our growing church.

Amanda made it her life's calling to love and serve everyone she knew. Even more, she has made it her life's mission to see as many people as possible come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. I know that in her death and legacy even more people will come to a saving faith in Christ. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt her desire for me would be to continue what we've started here in Indy. I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that He takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come.

-Davey Blackburn

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