INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- People from all around the country have donated to Nathan Trapuzzano’s family through a GoFundMe fundraiser. His family organized the site to cover the costs of Trapuzzano’s funeral and the birth of his daughter.
“Jen and Nate are both very young. They didn’t really have savings or resources at this point in their lives,” said Trapuzanno’s wife’s cousin, Maureen Ryan.
24-year-old Trapuzzano was shot and killed during his early morning walk on Tuesday.
“We never anticipated unexpected costs of funeral and burial. Nate was the primary breadwinner for their family. With the new baby coming, we anticipated there would be some financial need there,” said Ryan.
The fundraiser quickly surpassed its $100,000 goal.
“It is absolutely amazing the way people are coming together, and many people we don’t know. They’re friends of friends, or not even that closely related to us. But they are just are feeling the need to reach out and support Jen and the baby in this way. It’s helpful,” said Ryan.
Craig Swearingen is one of the many people who have donated to the cause.
“I drove by on Tuesday morning and noticed quite a spectacle of cop cars and it really just touched me. As soon as I came to work and found out what happened and heard that Nathan had a baby on the way, it just really struck me being a dad,” said Swearingen.
Swearingen immediately took to Twitter to help spread the word of the GoFundMe site.
“When I first got on there i think it was $7000, and then I checked it the next morning and it was up to $25,000. I checked it then five hours later and it was $52,000. To see that donation total go up and up and up, I think speaks a lot about Indianapolis and speaks a lot about the community,” said Swearingen.
The story isn’t just hitting home with Hoosiers. More than 2,200 people nationwide have donated to the fundraiser. Trapuzzano’s family said the support helps more than the financial burden.
“It certainly makes this load a little easier to bare. It reminds us of the goodness in people, ” said Ryan.
“I know it sounds cliche, but he didn’t have a mean bone in his body. The nicest, kindest gentlest person you probably ever would have met. Just 100 percent goodness. The most devoted husband and family member you ever could have asked for,” said Ryan.
The family is grateful for the money and outpouring of support, but is primarily focused on planning the funeral and mourning the loss of a loved one.
“The truth is we know this is going to continue to hurt, especially for Jen. So obviously right now the hurt is very real and raw. But we know in a year, Nate is still going to be gone. So we’re looking at this as a longer journey. Something that’s going to need to continue to happen with everyone’s love and prayers,” said Ryan.