“Glorious Odysseus: don’t try to reconcile me to my dying. I’d rather serve as another man’s labourer, as a poor peasant without land, and be alive on Earth, than be lord of all the lifeless dead." -- The Odyssey
Years ago, I remember how much this scene in Homer's tale of Odysseus' trip home after the events of the Trojan War touched me. But I never knew quite why until today.
|A photo that haunts me every day: Davey, Weston, and Amanda Blackburn: Amanda, and the child she carried, were murdered by three black home invaders in late 2015|
Greeting the spirit of Achilles in Hades, Odysseus learns a harsh, harsh truth about death and the glory of life. [Davey Blackburn remembers Amanda on her due date, Indy Star, May 19, 2016]:
Yesterday should have been a joyous day for the Blackburn family. Amanda was meant to give birth to their second child, Evie Grace. Instead, it was a day of mourning for a father and child left behind after a brutal murder.
Davey Blackburn took to Instagram to post a poignant note about the loss of his wife and unborn child.
"Today I would have been a dad of two," he wrote. "Today was Evie Grace's due date. Although I never met her I loved her more than I ever thought I could love a little one. I never could wrap my mind around how one could love 2 kids equally until the day Amanda told me she was pregnant again. In that moment my heart expanded to twice it's original capacity. I love you Evie Grace and I can't wait to see you and your beautiful mommy again one day. Happy Birthday, sweetie!"
Davey also reminisced about a letter Amanda wrote him before the birth of their first child. "I keep it beside my bed to pull out and read on those days I need inspiration to keep being a good dad."
Amanda was shot and killed on Nov. 10 during a home invasion. She was 12 weeks pregnant at the time. Three men have been charged in connection with her death, which is believed to be part of an 8-day crime spree. Larry Taylor, 18, Jalen Watson, 21 and Diano Gordon, 24, all face murder and burglary charges.
Amanda is survived by her husband Davey, a pastor, and a young son, Weston.
My faith died entirely with this story (I grew up Methodist).
Evie Grace and your beautiful wife were murdered by three black males (who also raped your wife, Amanda), Davie, and yet you babble about nonsense verified by… no one.
Absolutely, no one.
You'll never, ever see your wife or unborn child, but you can see your son everyday.
Davie, your wife and unborn child were murdered by three black males: no celestial reinforcements were sent from the heavens to save Amanda and Evie as the former was being sexually assaulted and ultimately murdered.
They are dead.
At least Amanda Blackburn dared fight back to defend the life of your unborn child, Davie. No angels appeared to protect her… [Amanda Blackburn Fought and Got Shot Three Times, Including Once in Back of Head, Christian Post, November 24, 2015]:
On the morning Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant wife of Resonate Church pastor, Davey Blackburn in Indiana, was killed, a neighbor said she heard two gunshots and what sounded like a woman scream.
A copy of the affidavit of probable cause against her suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, released Monday by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, painted an agonizing picture of why that scream was most likely Amanda's.
The autopsy conducted on Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 12 revealed: "(She) sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head. She also had a gunshot wound to the lower left arm which traveled up to her biceps. She also had a through and through gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back."
She also had "scratches to her left cheek, a split lip and a lower tooth knocked out."
After a failed attempt, Watson was eventually able to withdraw money using one of the stolen cards. The informant said Watson and Gordon then wanted to leave Taylor with Amanda but he threatened to kill her if they did. When they eventually picked him up, he later confessed that he "killed the woman."
"Taylor stated that she charged at him and he shot her somewhere in the upper body so he would not be scratched. Taylor then told them that he leaned over her body and shot her in the back of the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed," explained the informant.
I never quite understood the power of the exchange between the living, breathing Odysseus and the dead Achilles until today, reading the post of Davey Blackburn "remembering" Amanda and Evie Grace.
Three black males murdered your wife and unborn child, and in the face of death she dared fight for life instead of resorting to prayer to prolong her (and Evie's) existence…