Family: Slain man was excited about being a new dad

Nathan Trapuzzano, 24, shot during morning walk

INDIANAPOLIS - The young, expectant father who was fatally shot on the city's west side during a routine walk Tuesday morning had a promising life ahead of him, according to photos released by his wife.

Nathan Trapuzzano, 24, was a software engineer at Ivy Tech Community College. He moved to Indianapolis last year from Pennsylvania to get married.  His pregnant wife, Jennifer, is due in two weeks. 

Family member Brandy Clements said that Jennifer is understandably devastated by her husband's death; the couple had yet to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

"(Jennifer) is taking it really difficult. They were so in love. It was magical to see them together. They were a honeymoon couple always hugging and cuddling and it's such a tragedy because Nathan was a terrific guy," Clements said. "It doesn't make sense and I think that's why the community is surrounding us because it wasn't someone out doing drugs or being bad. He was just living his life."

Trapuzzano's family released a statement Wednesday:

"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."

Jennifer Trapuzzano's family said she visited her doctor Wednesday and that she and her baby are in good health.

Branden Stanley, a senior at Ball State University, met Trapuzzano four years ago at school. Stanley described his friend as having a deep faith.

"When the shooting happened, he was out praying a morning rosary. He was doing his morning routine where he'd jog or walk and pray at the same time," Stanley said.

Friends and family have set up a fund to help cover funeral expenses. Anything left over will go toward the baby, friends said. After only two days, the fund raised more than $90,000 and continues to grow.

Ivy Tech has pledged a two-year scholarship for Trapuzzano's unborn child.

Trapuzzano's visitation was scheduled for Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stevens Mortuary, and the funeral was scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church.

Anyone who was in the area or has information about the shooting is asked to call police at 317-327-3475 or report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Tips may also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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