Priest remembers walker killed as man of strong faith

UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) – Police say the men who killed a 24-year-old newlywed on his morning walk won’t get away with it.

Tuesday, they increased patrols on the west side of Indianapolis. Wednesday night officers knocked on doors in a five block radius looking for any clues that could lead them to Nathan Trapuzzano’s killers.

The murder of the young husband and soon to be father is just one of 38 in Indianapolis so far this year.

24-Hour News 8 has learned the community response to the tragedy has been overwhelming. A gofundme site was set up Tuesday for Nathan Trapuzzano’s funeral and unborn baby and so far thousands of people have donated $94,000 and some 8,000 people have shared the site.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with the priest who married the young man and his wife. He said Nathan was a man who knew God to be forgiving and wanted to share that experience with others.

Inside St. Mary’s Church in Union City, Father Christopher Roberts held mass and secretly gives a prayer for a friend.

“He was a very unique young man,” said Father Roberts.

He’s talking about 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano.

“Nathan was a man of tremendous faith,” Father Christopher said.

One day after learning of Trapuzzano’s tragic death, Father Christopher thinks back to their first meeting. It happened when Trapuzzano was a student at Ball State. Even then, Father Christopher says something about him was special.

“I encouraged him to go think about the priesthood. He was a man of great integrity, so he took that to heart and eventually he discerned that God was calling him to be married, to be a father,” Father Christopher said.

On May 11, 2013, Trapuzzano fulfilled one of his callings. Father Christopher was there to officiate his wedding.

“They even asked me to hear confessions with the wedding party the night before which is something I’ve never been asked to do,” Father Christopher said.

Father Christopher told 24-Hour News 8 his prayer for Trappuzzano and his wife was, “May God grant you many, many happy years.”

Even for him, it’s hard to believe he’s gone.

“It’s certainly hard to see how God has answered that, but I think the family is moving forward from what I gathered in faith,” Father Christopher said.

Ivy Tech Community College released a statement shedding new light on Trapuzzano’s life outside church and family. It said in part:

“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.”

Father Christopher said he believes Trapuzzano is extending mercy to the people who attacked and killed him.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

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