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INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2014) – A teenager accused of shooting and killing an Indianapolis newlywed and father-to-be is due in court Thursday.

Police announced the arrest of 16-year-old Simeon Adams Tuesday in connection with the April 1 shooting of Nathan Trapuzzano. Adams is charged as an adult in the case.

“Angry is gonna be my word of choice,” said Shayne Trapuzzano, Nathan’s sister. “Surprised, shocked, frustrated [and] sickened.”

Adams is also a suspect in an aggravated assault case from March 30, police said.

Adams is charged with murder, attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license.

“Hopefully he stays off the street and he can’t do this again, but that doesn’t fix anything about my brother,” said Nathan Trapuzzano’s brother, Matthew.

Court documents also link him to a March 22 robbery at a west side gun store, where 30 guns were stolen.

Trapuzzano, 24, was a computer programmer at Ivy Tech Community College. He was gunned down while going on his usual morning walk. Court documents stated Adams shot Trapuzzano once in the abdomen.

A fund dedicated to the victim’s widow, Jennifer Trapuzzano, and unborn child continued to grow. The fund now has more than $156,000, all of which came from donations.

Jennifer released a brief statement online Tuesday night following the arrest of the teen suspect:

“Today has been extra rough. It’s been one week and I still can’t comprehend that this is all real. The police have reported the suspect of my husband’s murder was only 16. Oh how my already wounded heart aches to hear this. Nate always said one of the greatest crimes in the world today is how many babies grow up without their father. I don’t know this man’s circumstances but it hurts to hear that such a young man could turn to such violence. Please pray for his conversion.”

Police and prosecutors claim Adams not only killed Trapuzzano, but also shot another man twice two days earlier.  Adams himself ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck later on April 1, according to court documents.



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