INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2015)-- The mother of Nathan Trapuzzano is speaking out, saying the justice system failed her son and could have possibly prevented his death.
"It is the most devastating event in my life. I've buried a parent, I've buried a sibling, and there is nothing that compares with burying your child," said Cheryl Trappuzano.
The 18-year-old man accused of killing Nathan Trapuzzano was only 16 when police say he pulled the trigger during a robbery on April 1, 2014. Simeon Adams was out of juvenile detention on house arrest and scheduled to go back to court on 13 probation violations.
"I don't understand how somebody is under house arrest and not at home multiple times when he's visited and nobody ever does anything about it," said Trappuzano.
Adams was under the supervision of a probation officer who checked on him multiple times while he was on house arrest--but on several occasions he wasn't home. That message was never relayed to the juvenile court system.
"The lack of oversight on Simeon Adams was pretty appalling and scary," said Juvenile Court Judge Marilyn Moores.
Moores says that probation officer was fired. She says that was a break in the justice system she will never forget.
"It's heartbreaking and I don't know that any words I could ever speak would be even remotely able to touch the pain these family members have to be feeling," said Moores.
Since then, Moores says a shock wave has been sent through the probation department and the officers are under a watchful eye. But for the Trapuzzano family the oversight came too late.
"There's nothing that's going to bring my son back. But if we can prevent this from happening to one other person I'll feel like something good has become of it."
The family of the Pittsburgh native has established The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to provide financial relief and support to children who have lost a parent.
This weekend the family will host its first fundraising event, The Nate Walk. The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday May 17 at Edna Balz Lacy Park in Indianapolis. Plans include a memorial walk, auction, 50/50 raffle, food, vendors, live music, and games.
For registration information, click here.