The Amanda Blackburn funeral was more like a celebration of her life as four churches came together to say goodbye to the pastor’s wife. More than 2,000 mourners gathered as the 28-year-old was remembered in pictures, videos and heartfelt words from friends and family, as MSN News describes on November 16.
Amanda, who died after she was shot in the head during a home invasion, was pregnant with her second child. As the funeral proceedings were underway, nationwide television news flashed pictures of the man believed to be the suspect who shot and killed Amanda Blackburn.
Police have released the grainy video screen shots from a neighbor’s surveillance camera that were taken around the time Amanda had been shot. The man is seen dressed in baggie clothes and he looks to be trying to hide his face with the hood of his sweatshirt or hoodie.
Davey Blackburn, who is the minister of an Indianapolis church, came home from the gym one week ago today, Tuesday, and found his wife Amanda unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head. The couple’s 1-year-old baby boy was upstairs in his crib unharmed, reports Sports Act today.
Amanda was rushed to the hospital, but died from the gun shot wound in her head. The family-oriented Indianapolis neighborhood that the Blackburn family called home had been having a rash of burglaries lately.
Police believe that the suspect was at a neighboring house, which was robbed around the same time Amanda was shot. They believe the suspect saw Davey Blackburn leave for the gym a little after 6 a.m. on Tuesday and saw this as a chance to rob another home. This robbery turned into a violent home invasion resulting in a young mother dying.
The funeral was a celebration of Amanda’s life as her coffin was surrounded by pictures and flowers. Screens throughout the funeral home displayed pictures and video clips of Amanda through the various stages of her life. Amanda’s mother said that her daughter was “a gift” from the very beginning. She said her daughter didn’t give her as much as 5-minutes worth of trouble her entire life.
Behind Amanda’s coffin was a stage and on that stage was a table and chair set that Amanda had refinished. One of the pastors at the funeral pointed out how Amanda could create things of beauty with her hands. Pastor Perry Noble, another pastor who took part in the funeral said:
“Some people have funerals, and then some people have celebrations. In the 28 years that she was with us, Amanda gave us a lot to celebrate.”
Police are asking the public’s help in identifying this man. While the picture is not very clear, someone who knows this person might recognize the clothes he was wearing. Someone may have seen him in the neighborhood at the time and can offer up a better description, which could help in the police investigation.