Sunday 15 September 2019

Teenage boy charged with shooting pastor's pregnant wife dead at her home

Davey and Amanda Blackburn with their son Weston (15 months)
Credit:Facebook/Resonate Church
Davey and Amanda Blackburn with their son Weston (15 months) Credit:Facebook/Resonate Church

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A teenage boy has been charged with the murder of a pastor's wife who was three months pregnant.

The woman, Amanda Blackburn (28), was shot dead during a robbery at her home in Indianapolis earlier this month.

Larry Taylor (18) was arrested and charged with Mrs. Blackburn's murder at the weekend.

Investigators have said they believe a man broke into the house located in Sunnyfield Court after Amanda Blackburn's husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, left for the gym early that morning.

The woman died in the hospital two days after she was shot in the head.

She was 13-weeks pregnant at the time of her death, and the unborn child didn't survive.

Both children of pastors, Amanda and Davey Blackburn came to Indianapolis from South Carolina in 2012 to found a church, The Resonate Church.

The couples 15-month-old son, Weston, was in his cot at the time of the shooting but was not harmed.

Pastor Blackburn released a statement on his church's Facebook page.

He expressed his relief that an arrest had been made.

"The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited," he said.

"Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope.

"If there is one thing I've learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it's this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life.

"Today I am deciding to love, not hate," he said.

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