Neighborhood watch group hoping tips lead police to Blackburn’s killer

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Family and friends are preparing for a service this weekend to celebrate the life of Amanda Blackburn.

Detectives said they know who shot and killed the pastor’s wife during a robbery at her home on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

While detectives continue to work to track down the suspect, some people living in The Woods of North Kessler neighborhood want to help in any way they can.

The plan is to hand out flyers Saturday morning. They hope it will generate tips leading to the whereabouts of the suspect.

Ryan McConnell spent some time Friday evening talking to his neighbors about the plan for Saturday morning.

The murder of Amanda Blackburn, 28, has rocked their community. She was a mother, a wife, and a member of Resonate Church. A church she started with her husband, Davey.

“We will get those flyers in people’s hands and we just want this to be in everyone’s faces until we have found the person responsible,” said McConnell.

The Woods of Kessler Neighborhood Crime Watch captain said he’s expecting a large turnout in the search for justice.

“We have a lot of people that are committed. We have thousands of flyers printed off. We have a local print shop even offer and they did print off hundreds of flyers free of charge,” said McConnell. “I think the community has really surrounded us and willing to help.”

Neighbors have been praying for the Blackburn’s family. The watch group met with IMPD to talk about the case and what they can do to be proactive about safety.

A security technician was seen outside of a home on Sunnyfield Court. He told 24-Hour News 8 he was doing an installation.

“We want to send a strong message, too, and turn this absolutely terrible tragedy into something good if it is at all possible,” said McConnell.

Four days have passed since the crime, and investigators released new details about the investigation at a press conference Friday.

IMPD police chief Rick Hite had a strong message for the suspect.

“We’re serious about this,” said Chief Rick Hite, IMPD. “We’re coming to get you.”

Investigators said they have surveillance videos, a vague description of a black male suspect and a getaway car.

“A crime like this… you don’t get a second chance when it comes down to murder,” said Hite. “You committed a heinous murder, this type, you don’t get a second chance.”

Police have not released the surveillance video.

24-Hour News learned they are working to enhance the quality.

The crime watch group is scheduled to meet Saturday morning at 10:30 in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court.

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