A manhunt was on Friday for the gunman who killed the pregnant wife of an Indiana pastor during a home invasion robbery earlier this week, and police are searching for connections to a similar crime that happened on the same day.
Amanda Blackburn, 28, was disconnected from a ventilator and pronounced dead on Thursday, the coroner’s office told FOX59. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and her death was officially ruled a homicide.
FOX59 reports police are looking to connect Blackburn’s death to another home invasion on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The suspects in that case were captured on surveillance video. Pastor Davey Blackburn, Amanda’s husband, has been cleared as a suspect in the case.
“It’s impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process,” Pastor Davey Blackburn wrote in a message on the Resonate Church’s website. “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.”
Amanda was mortally wounded during Tuesday’s shooting, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. EST at her Indianapolis home.
Pastor’s pregnant wife mysteriously murdered
The Blackburns had moved to Indiana from South Carolina in 2012 to start the Resonate Church. They have a young son, Weston, who was home at the time of the robbery, but was not hurt. Amanda was 12 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when she was killed, according to FOX59.
Davey Blackburn returned from the gym and found Amanda around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, lying unconscious on the floor. She had been shot at least once.
Police have not yet released information on a possible suspect, but are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“Obviously, a lot of questions that still need to be answered,” IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz told FOX59.