2 charged with murdering pastor's wife Amanda Blackburn

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Prosecutor Charges Two in Murder of Pastor's Wife

An Indianapolis pastor issued a message of forgiveness on Monday after police arrested two people in the murder of his pregnant wife during a home invasion.

Larry Taylor, 18, was initially charged with murdering Amanda Blackburn and hit with a dozen other charges ranging from gun possession to robbery. Hours later, Jalen Watson, 21, was also charged, police said.

See photos of the Blackburn family:

Amanda Blackburn, killed in home invasion, pastor's wife, pregnant
See Gallery
2 charged with murdering pastor's wife Amanda Blackburn
#HH #tillnextyear
This little dude. 💋💋💋
This last year I have fallen more in love with my beautiful wife, @amandagblackburn than I ever imagined I could love someone . . . I'm so incredibly grateful to The Lord that 28 years ago he brought her into this world and orchestrated our lives to intertwine. She is my best friend, my confidante, my rock, and the lift behind God's call on my life. I truly cannot imagine doing life without her. Happy Birthday to the greatest wife on planet earth, the greatest mom any husband could hope for for his kids and the Godliest woman I know!
#halloween @daveyblackburn
Saturdays. 🍁
That Blackburn guy is hott!
Making someone's Thursday morning better by paying for their donuts! But we also had to get some for ourselves. 😏 #ForIndy #randomactsofkindness
Happy 7 years @daveyblackburn! 7 is the perfect number so I'm believing this will be our best year yet! Life with you is fast, intense and stretching...but I've never been more fulfilled! Thank you for leading me and never letting me settle! ❤️
Downtown fireworks! One of our favorite traditions! #happyfourth @daveyblackburn
6 years later and our lives are looking a little bit different...Happy Anniversary to the love of my life! Our adventure continues and I'm so glad I get to do this next part with you, @daveyblackburn! xoxo

Police named a third burglary suspect, Diano Gordon, 24, who is being held on a parole violation. He has not been charged in the slaying.

Blackburn, 28, was shot dead earlier this month while husband Davey Blackburn was at the gym, according to a statement from Blackburn's church. Their 15-month-old son, Weston, was in his crib at the time but was not harmed.

The Indianapolis Police Department posted screenshots from a surveillance video of the suspect:

Police said the homicide capped a string of three burglaries that day. DNA evidence that linked Watson to Amanda Blackburn's ATM card was crucial in cracking the case, authorities said.

The pastor said in a statement posted to his church's Facebook page Monday morning that he is "extremely relieved" that an arrest was made.

"The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited," he wrote.

"Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope," he continued.

"If there is one thing I've learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it's this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life. Today I am deciding to love, not hate."

After the pastor's wife was killed, police released images from a surveillance camera that showed a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking away from the Blackburn home.

Police Chief Richard Hite said detectives on the Blackburn case worked around the clock to identify the killers.

"They put in a lot of time to make sure we bring justice," he said.

More from NBCNews.com:
Protective suits stolen from Paris hospital
Carson, Trump, Cruz and Rubio shape GOP race
Trump says he would bring back waterboarding

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading