Community providing tips in murder of newlywed, father-to-be

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INDIANAPOLIS – He was a newlywed and father-to-be.

The murder of 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano is rallying our community to action. Two people tried to rob him on his walk Tuesday morning on the west side.. Trapuzzano ended up shot to death between two businesses, after a struggle with one of the men.

There are still no suspects, but police tell FOX 59 there are leads. IMPD said they’re getting new surveillance video from other businesses on West 16th Street. People in our city are stepping up to help too, with tips pouring into Crimestoppers.

Still, the pain from this murder is real for all of us. You can see it when you look at the couple’s wedding video shot last May. They hoped for a full life together.

“You know, to think of a 24-year-old who I married less than a year ago, you just don’t think these kind of things happen,” said Father Christopher Roberts, who married the couple.

But Tuesday morning, police found Trapuzzano shot to death off West 16th Street. He missed his baby girl’s birth by one month. He’ll never get to meet her.

“This one has really peaked our interest,” said David Hofmann, IMPD Commander of the Southwest District.

In the hours after Trapuzzano’s murder, IMPD mobilized a very public search for the men responsible. For the past two days officers canvassed a neighborhood on the west side looking for clues.

“This is disturbing simply because there was no relationship. There was no cause for such violence,” said Hofmann.

Hofmann said most murders in Indianapolis involve people who know each other and center around a conflict. This one doesn’t fit the bill. That’s why it has their attention.

The commander said detectives are working, tracking the tips that come in.

“We’ve had several items that are actionable, and the investigation is ongoing. We feel good about it,” said Hofmann.

But it doesn’t make the reality of Nathan’s murder any easier to bear for our community. A wife lost her husband, and a little girl will never meet her daddy.

The family’s been collecting funds online, and they’ve received a tremendous response. They also tell us you can donate to the “Trapuzzano Memorial fund” at any PNC Bank.

Nathan Trapuzzano’s funeral will be this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis.