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Amanda Blackburn case: Suspect arrested in slaying of pastor’s pregnant wife.

Indianapolis — Indianapolis police announced Monday they have arrested an 18-year-old man in the shooting death of a pastor’s pregnant wife during an apparent home invasion.(INDIANAPOLIS) — An 18 year old has been arrested in connection with the murder of Amanda Blackburn, who was shot in the head during an alleged home invasion in Indianapolis. Indiana Metropolitan Police Department released a statement to the media, “We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime. All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not option,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

Pastor Blackburn discovered his wife after returning from the gym that morning, the couple’s church said. “My wife was such a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God,” Davey Blackburn said in a message to his congregation then. “I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend. Richard Riddle said last week that a resident recovered a gun in a front yard of a home just blocks away from where Amanda and Davey Blackburn live. “Our detectives are looking at the caliber of the handgun recovered, to see if it does in fact match the caliber of the weapon used in the Amanda Blackburn case,” said Lt. Investigators believe the suspect, whom neighbors also reported seeing walking in the area, may have seen Blackburn’s husband, Davey, leave early in the morning to go to a gym shortly after the suspect allegedly burglarized a nearby house. Police had sought the public’s help by circulating images of a man caught on home surveillance cameras. “He (God) is what made Amanda special; He is why we’re celebrating her life; He is why we loved her so much, because He just radiated out of her,” South Carolina pastor Perry Noble said at a memorial service earlier this month.

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