Neighbors search for justice in Amanda Blackburn murder

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Neighbors are continuing their search for justice in the case of Amanda Blackburn.

It was a week ago Tuesday when police said the pastor’s wife was shot during a robbery at her home on the northwest side of Indianapolis. She later died at the hospital.

Some people living in the Woods of North Kessler neighborhood said they are not giving up until the person responsible is caught.

They have been passing out flyers hoping to generate new tips and leads.

The neighborhood watch group held a meeting Tuesday night to talk about their efforts.

A group of more than 20 people met in front of a home on Sunnyfield Court Tuesday evening. They held hands and joined together in prayer. It’s a group bonded by a tragedy that has rocked their community.

Some neighbors are even meeting for the very first time. The neighborhood crime watch captain talked about the case and the future of their neighborhood.

“We’re going to remain vigilant and help detectives as we have and we’re going to continue to meet,” said Ryan McConnell.

McConnell has been leading the efforts in his neighborhood watch group.

He said they have been overwhelmed with support from the community.

The group spent Saturday morning passing out flyers.

McConnell told 24-Hour News 8 they have partnered up with local businesses to get the message across.

“Both Piezanos Pizza on Georgetown Road as well as Little Caesars on Georgetown Road, they agreed to put the flyers on all of their pizza boxes,” said McConnell. “The guy at Piezanos was all excited. I gave him a very big stacked of papers.”

Neighbors like Susan Logsdo know their watch group is doing everything they can to circulate the flyers.

She said this crime goes beyond her neighborhood.

“I know this is not only a problem in the Woods of North Kessler and I think that it’s shining light on the crime problem in Indianapolis,” said Logsdo. “It’s my hope that people who are paying attention to the motivation that has brought us together that they would do the same thing.”

The neighborhood watch group is hoping to start a new safety initiative involving block captains. The captains, made up of volunteers will be responsible for checking up on homes on their specific block. Board members will discuss that plan at the next meeting.

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