Police have released images of a man who could be responsible for killing a young pregnant pastor’s wife in Indianapolis last week.
Amanda Blackburn, 28, and her 12-week unborn child died from a gunshot wound after what police believe was an attempted burglary around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10, according to ABC News.
The young couple also has a 1-year-old son named Weston who was in his crib when his mother was shot, according to reports.
As LifeNews previously reported, Pastor Davey Blackburn found his wife unconscious on the ground of their home with a gunshot wound to the head. He had just returned from the gym. Amanda was rushed to the hospital where she and her unborn baby later died, according to reports.
Today, the Indiana Metropolitan Police released two photos from surveillance cameras in the Blackburns’ neighborhood, showing a man wearing light-colored pants and a hoodie, according to the Indy Star. The man is described as a slim-to-medium build between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, according to the report. Another camera showed a dark SUV driving quickly through the area, the report states.
Police said the suspect likely was the same person who burglarized a home just two doors down earlier that morning. They said someone took television sets and laptops from the Blackburns’ neighbors. More than one suspect could have been involved, but the police did not provide details.
On Saturday, more than 2,000 people attended the funeral at the family’s Indianapolis church.
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Pastor Davey Blackburn told Good Morning America that his wife “spent her life pouring her life out to people.” He said “one of the hardest things in this whole process” is knowing that their 1-year-old will grow up without a mother.
The case is doubly tragic because both the mother and her unborn child were killed. However, the Blackburn’s unborn baby may not be recognized as a victim under current state law because he or she wasn’t viable outside the womb yet.
Indiana law recognizes unborn victims of violence if the killing of “a fetus that has attained viability” is murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
However, some experts say the person who killed Blackburn could face a harsher penalty because she was pregnant, according to USA Today. Legal experts predicted that the murderer could face 45 to 65 years in prison, the report states.