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Community rallies to help murder victim's family

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Cheryl Trapuzzano Cheryl Trapuzzano
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Trapuzzano's daughter, Cecilia, was baptized Saturday, what would have been Nathan's 25th birthday Trapuzzano's daughter, Cecilia, was baptized Saturday, what would have been Nathan's 25th birthday
INDIANAPOLIS - The community is rallying behind the family of an Indianapolis man murdered last month.

A benefit ride Saturday raised money for Nathan Trapuzzano's widow and their newborn daughter.

The 24-year-old Trapuzzano was shot and killed on April 1 when two suspects attacked him during his morning walk.

Saturday, on what would have been Nathan's birthday, a fundraiser started at Heavy's Bar and Grill in Camby and took riders through Mooresville. A buffet, silent auction and raffles all helped support Trapuzzano's wife and the daughter he never got to meet.

"We're honoring his birthday today, and his daughter's never going to see him celebrate a birthday," said Debra Malott with Heavy's Sports Cafe. "It's just so sad and senseless. It didn't have to happen."

Family members traveled to Indianapolis to honor Nathan. They said the support they've received has been incredible.

"I knew Nathan was special, but it's nice to know everybody else knew Nathan was special as well," said his mother, Cheryl.

"He cared about other people, and he didn't really put himself first," added Nathan's brother Matthew. "He was loving and kind and smart. Too many good things."

Trapuzzano's daughter Cecilia was born three weeks after he died. She was baptized Saturday on what would have been her father's 25th birthday.

"She looks a lot like him," said Matthew. "It's kind of hard sometimes but to look at her and see him in her obviously, it should get easier as time goes on, but right now, it still kind of hurts, but it's good. She's just like he was so, when he was little."

An online donation page has already brought in more than $170,000 for Nathan's wife and baby. Click here if you would like to donate to the fund.
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