CAMBY, Ind. (May 17, 2014) — Hoosiers came together, some on motorcycles, others on foot, but all for a good cause.
A fundraiser was held in honor of murdered father Nathan Trapuzzano at Heavy’s Sports Cafe in Camby. Indianapolis Metro Police officers say a teen, 16, shot and killed Trapuzzano while he was on his morning walk April 1, 2014. Nathan’s widow delivered their baby Cecilia a few weeks later. The benefit Saturday included a nearly five-hour motorcycle ride, silent auction, and the proceeds and donations went straight to the Trapuzzano family.
“I had no idea how many lives my son had touched. And it’s just hard to believe that a man of 25 reached out to that many people,” said Cheryl Trapuzzano, Nathan’s mother.
Her heart is still hurting, and even though the fundraiser for Nathan made her feel even just a little better, May 17 is especially hard for her.
“The fact that today is his 25th birthday, and he’s not here, is really tough,” Trapuzzano said. “I would much rather be wishing him happy birthday than singing him happy birthday at a grave site.”
Nathan lives on through the couple’s daughter Cecilia who was christened on her father’s birthday.
There are memories that the family will always have.
“The very last time that I saw him, leaving my home back in Pittsburgh, and I said Nate, the next time I see you, you will have effected the biggest change in your life. And he just looked at me, like, what? And I said you’ll be a dad. Well, he pulled a fast one on me, the next time I saw him he was dead,” Trapuzzano said.
Cheryl Trapuzzano says Nathan will always be her son.
“The memory of him at his wedding, where he was the happiest guy in the world. At the end of the evening, he put his arm around his wife and his other arm around me and he said my two best girls. And I’ll take that to my grave. He was a good guy,” she said.
Nathan’s siblings were also at the fundraiser, and Cheryl Trapuzzano said all of her children were present.
“I still have five children and one lives in heaven.”