Family members celebrate Nathan Trapuzzano’s 25th birthday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nathan Trapuzzano’s mother speaks out on what would have been her son’s 25th birthday. Police say Nathan Trapuzzano was murdered the morning of April 1, while he was out for his morning walk. On Saturday, the community came together to support his wife and baby and also celebrate his birthday.

“He’d probably say what’s the big fuss,” Nathan Trapuzzano’s brother Matt said.

Dozens filled Heavy’s Sports Cafe, to toast a man no longer with us.

“He was a humble guy. He didn’t like a whole lot of attention,” Cheryl Trapuzzano, Nathan’s mother said.

A lot has happened since Nathan was murdered in Indianapolis nearly a month and a half ago. His wife, gave birth to their first baby, a daughter named Cecilia Maria. His first wedding anniversary has passed and, now, his 25th birthday.

Before his death, he planned to celebrate this day with his daughter’s baptism.

Photo courtesy of Matt Trapuzzano
Photo courtesy of Matt Trapuzzano

“25 years ago I had a baby in my arms and I can’t even put my arms around him now. But he looked out for us, we have his baby to celebrate. He has this all arranged. He had the baptism all set up for his birthday, that was his present to himself, but it turned out to be our present,” Cheryl said.

Family and friends spent Saturday morning swooning over Cecilia.

“She has some of Nathan’s hair. Some of Nathan’s hair, yes, yes,” Cheryl said laughing.

The baptism was also a reminder of Nathan’s strong faith.

“Even now I still look up to him. He’s a better person than I could ever hope to be,” Matt said.

“I don’t think there was anybody that I know personally that was more ready than he was, every day. It gives me a lot of comfort,” Cheryl said.

At this point, the Trapuzzano family says their biggest concern is justice for Nathan. 16-year-old Simeon Adams now faces charges for the murder.

As for the benefit ride and birthday celebration, family members hope to make that an annual event.

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