Nathan Trapuzzano: Police Seek Help in Murder of 24-Year-Old

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 01:19 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A 24-year-old Indianapolis man expecting his first baby this summer was shot dead on Tuesday for no apparent reason during a morning walk. 

Police have released no known motive of the shooting that killed Nathan Trapuzzano, who would have turned 25 on May 17, IndyStar.com reported. 

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released a surveillance video from the scene of the crime and asked the community for help identifying two suspects. The video showed that Trapuzzano wasn’t carrying anything, and he was dressed in athletic clothing.

The video shows two suspects approach Trapuzzano, who was walking east on 16th Street between 5:45 a.m. and 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday, police said. One of the suspects appears in the video to act as a lookout as the other carried out the killing, police said.



Trapuzzano’s community has been in shock since his death, and people have donated more than $108,000 as of Thursday morning for his funeral and for his soon-to-be born baby. Ivy Tech Community College, where Trapuzzano was a computer programmer, has offered the family a two-year scholarship for the baby, IndyStar.com reported.

“Nathan Trapuzzano was the most kind-hearted person you would ever know," Trapuzzano’s family said in a statement. "He never had an unkind thought in his head. He was so in love wife his wife, Jennifer, and unborn baby daughter, Cecilia. He was so excited about being a new Daddy.”

“This is a safe city and that’s why this murder is particularly troubling because this is a gentleman who was just living his life, who was shot dead for absolutely no reason,” IMPD Southwest District Commander David Hofmann told WISH TV. 

Hoffman encouraged anyone with information to come forward, even if they’re scared of being identified.

“If that’s the case, we want to get the message out: we don’t care how we get the information about how this murder happened. We just want the information. We will protect any source of information as best we can,” he told WISH TV.

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