IMPD seeks tips after man murdered while on a walk

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is still taking tips in the murder investigation of Nathan Trapuzzano. According to investigators, the 24-year-old was shot and killed near 16th Street and Tibbs Avenue.

Police released surveillance video of Trapuzzano’s alleged attackers on Tuesday. Detectives believe the suspects targeted Trapuzzano for a robbery as he went on a daily walk.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police have made no arrest. Support has started to pour in for Trapuzzano’s widow and their unborn child. Donations have reached more than $77,000 on the gofundme.com site. The site has been up since 7 p.m. Tuesday. If you would like to donate click here to help.

The family on Wednesday released this statement:

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.

For the second day in a row, IMPD set up a mobile command unit near the scene where Trapuzzano was shot. Officers were handed still photos from surveillance video taken of the suspects during the robbery.

Mayor Greg Ballard visited the site on Wednesday afternoon. He encouraged officers and reassured them their efforts were not in vain.

A heavy police presence along 16th Street has been noticeable since the shooting. Michael Tockey is owner of Speed City Cycle. He appreciates the police presence, but believes the city needs to see more officers consistently.

“I’ve seen the increased police presence, and that’s great but it’s a little too late. We need more police on the streets at all time,” said Tockey.

Despite hopes of more officers, Tockey would settle for justice for Nathan Trapuzzano.

“I pray they catch these guys as quick as possible,” said Tockey.

Wednesday afternoon, Ivy Tech Community College released the following statement:

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.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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