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Nathan Trapuzzano: 24-year-old newlywed and dad-to-be gunned down in cold blood

Nathan and Jennifer

Nathan Trapuzzano was going to be a dad next month, but instead of celebrating the birth of their new baby, Nathan Trapuzzano’s newlywed wife Jennifer has to make funeral arrangements for her husband of less than a year. Police in Indianapolis are looking for the gunmen who shot the father-to-be in cold blood and are asking the public for assistance, reports WISHTV on April 2.

Nathan Trapuzzano got married in May of 2013 and was looking forward to becoming a dad, but on Tuesday morning between 5:45 a.m. and 6 a.m., while taking his morning walk on the west side of Indianapolis, he was gunned down in cold blood, according to authorities.

“This is a safe city and that’s why this murder is particularly troubling because this is a gentleman who was just living his life, who was shot dead for absolutely no reason,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Southwest District Commander David Hofmann.

By Tuesday evening, police set up a command center at 16th and Tibbs, which is across the street from the 3500 block of West 16th Street, where the murder happened. Hofmann says police believe the suspects may live in the area, and that officers will remain highly visible. "This is going to be our headquarters, until we figure out what's going on with this crime.”

One witness reported that the victim was screaming, then a gunshot was heard, and someone was seen running away.

The surveillance video taken from outside a tire store just moments before the cold-blooded murder, shows Nathan walking towards the right of the screen with a suspect quickly trying to catch up. A short time later, two men come into view. Police believe that one of the two men was the gunman and the other acted as a lookout.

“Police say the first suspect forced Trapuzzano between two businesses while the second suspect acted as a lookout. The first suspect and Trapuzzano struggled, and during that struggle Trapuzzano was shot. Police say the second suspect fled northeast across West 16th Street and the first suspect fled west on West 16th Street.”

Nathan’s killers are still on the run and detectives are asking for the public’s help with information about this incident. “Anyone in the immediate area between the hours of 5:44 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. are urged to call detectives at 327-3475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also text ‘INDYCS’ plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).”

Nathan Trapuzzano “always did the same thing everyday. He ran and he participated in his own thing. He didn’t bother no one,” said one of his neighbors. Nathan’s friends have set up a fundraising website to help his newlywed wife Jennifer Trapuzzano with funeral expenses and for Nathan's soon-to-be-born baby. As of Thursday night, $123,185 have been donated. In addition to providing many pictures of the newlywed couple, one family member wrote the following updated comment:

“I am at a loss of words to how many people have reached out to myself and my family in our time of need. Thank you to everyone for your constant prayers, thoughts, kind words, and other forms of help and donations. Several of you have reached out to me about raising the gofundme goal. Jennifer and her direct family have decided to keep it at a set 100,000. That is an incredible amount in a 24 hour period. Of course any donations above this amount are just a continued blessing. Thank you again to every single person, friend, relative, stranger, mother, father, and so many more who have helped support this family in such a terrible tragedy.”

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