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North Allegheny graduate shot and killed in Indianapolis

| Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:31 a.m.
Nathan Benjamin Trapuzzano, a 2007 North Allegheny graduate, was shot and killed near his Indianapolis home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

A 2007 North Allegheny High School graduate whose wife was expecting their first child was shot and killed in what police believe was a robbery while he was out for his morning exercise near his home in Indianapolis.

Nathan Benjamin Trapuzzano, 24, was “out for his normal power walk or exercise when he was approached by two unknown suspects” shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday along West 16th Street in the Westside area, Indianapolis Metropolitan police Sgt. Kendale Adams said on Wednesday.

Surveillance video shows one of the would-be robbers pulling a handgun, Adams said, and Trapuzzano was shot once in the stomach. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital and died at 7:40 a.m., the sergeant said.

Trapuzzano's death is unrelated to the slayings of four other people in Indianapolis since Saturday, Adams said. “This appears to be a random act.”

Trapuzzano graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University in 2011 with a degree in Latin, Greek and Classical Studies. He was employed as a computer programer by Ivy Tech and was active in pro-life issues and the Catholic church.

“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 with his wife, Jennifer, and unborn baby daughter, Cecilia. He was so excited about being a new Daddy,” according to a statement his family released to media outlets in Indianapolis.

“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,” the family statement reads.

“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.”

Trapuzzano is survived by his father, Benjamin J. Trapuzzano; mother, Cheryl A. Trapuzzano; two sisters, Rachael Pruitt and Shayne Trapuzzano; two brothers, Matthew and Christopher Trapuzzano; and his grandmothers, Mary Trapuzzno and Shirley Barnes.

Services are scheduled Saturday in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cecilia Marie Trapuzzano Fund.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at mhasch@tribweb.com.

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