Police continue searching for answers in “senseless” murder of 24-year-old man

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 4, 2014)—Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department returned to the west side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon to continue their search in finding answers in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man.

Mayor Greg Ballard joined officers as they held a second roll call at 1:30 p.m. in the area of West 16th Street, where Nathan Trapuzzano was murdered early Tuesday morning while taking his usual morning walk.

Wednesday, the officers were told to “turn up the heat” as they continue their search for answers or information that would lead to the arrest of suspects. Police will canvass the area and knock on doors in a 5-block radius from the crime scene, asking people in the community if they know anything at all about the incident.

Police found Trapuzzano suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach around 5:50 a.m. Tuesday. Police said one suspect forced the Trapuzzano between two businesses while the other suspect acted as a lookout. Trapuzzano was shot during a struggle with the the suspect, said police. He was pronounced dead around 7:40 a.m. at Eskenazi Hospital.

Authorities believe Trapuzzano was killed during an apparent mugging.

Trapuzzano is survived by his wife, Jennifer, who is eight months pregnant with a baby girl. Family members say the couple just got married last May.

trapuzzano and wife
Nathan Trapuzzano and his wife, Jennifer.

Trapuzzano’s family released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Nathan Trapuzzano was the most kind-hearted person you would ever know.  He never had an unkind thought in his head.  He was so in love wife his wife Jennifer, and unborn baby daughter, Cecelia.  He was so excited about being a new Daddy.

The loss of this very, very special young man has been such a shock to our entire family. 

As with many tragedies, this seems so senseless and yet the outpouring of love and support reminds us that there is so much good in this world.  Nate would not want us to become angry, but rather focus on the good and what is yet to come.

Nate had an unbelievable, strong faith in God, and we are finding some comfort knowing he is now in the Lord’s loving embrace.

IMPD released surveillance footage of the incident, but the suspects are not easily recognizable due to the quality of the video. However, police did say one suspect was wearing camouflage pants, a dark sweatshirt and white shoes.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

Trapuzzano’s funeral is scheduled for this Saturday at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.



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