Woman who tried to save murder victim speaks

Nathan Trapuzzano (IMPD provided photo)
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Disturbing new details came to light Wednesday in the murder of a man just out for a morning walk.

Nathan Trapuzzano was killed Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old's family released a statement saying, "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."

But Nathan will never get to meet his daughter because of a senseless attack - one caught on camera.

The video didn't show the shooting, but you can hear the gunshot and someone crying out for help. A Good Samaritan stopped and tried to help, but there was nothing she could do. She said Trapuzzano never said anything once she got to him but she called 911 and flagged down a passing motorcycle to help as well.

"I can't fathom what would make somebody do something like that," the woman said. She asked not to be identified. "I can't get the images out of my head of someone basically dying in front of my eyes and not able to do much."

From the time rescuers first arrived on the scene, until Trapuzzano is loaded into the waiting ambulance, the work to save him never stops. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do to save him. He later died.

"It's horrible. It's senseless. It's unnecessary and unfortunately happens around here a lot," the Good Samaritan added.

Roll Call was held just across the street Wednesday afternoon. IMPD officers were made aware that Trapuzzano left an expectant widow.   

"It's going to feel really good after they catch them and our system did something," Adrian Ordaz, who works at Tron's Auto Shop where the surveillance video was taken, said with pride.

When asked what she would say to Trapuzzano's widow if she had the chance, the Good Samaritan said, "I would tell her I am sorry this happened; that I wish I could have done more and that hopefully we can have faith that the cops will resolve this for her and give her some peace."

With that, the unidentified woman dropped her head because peace is something she longs for as well.

This murder has hit a nerve. The community is responding. Hoosiers have already donated nearly $75,000 to Trapuzzano's family on the website Go Fund Me. The goal is $250,000.

Visitation for Nathan Trapuzzano will be held this Friday (April 4) from 3-7 p.m. at Stevens Mortuary, 5520 W. 10th. Funeral services will be held Saturday 9:30 a.m.

Full statement from Nathan's family:

"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."

Statement from Ivy Tech:

"The Ivy Tech Community College family is shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of one of our own, Nathan Trapuzzano, a young and bright software engineer at the college.   Nathan was an integral part of our software engineering team making significant contributions to the college in his short time with us.  In memory of Nathan, Ivy Tech will grant a full, 2-year Ivy Tech scholarship to the Trapuzzano's soon-to-be-born child.  We also encourage our Ivy Tech friends and family to contribute further to the family at http://www.gofundme.com/7zj4fo.  Our hearts go out to the Trapuzzano family."