INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There were nearly 300 people that registered for the first walk to honor Nathan Trapuzzano.
The event was Saturday, on his birthday. He would have turned 26 years old.
Trapuzzano was shot and killed while on a morning walk on April 1, 2014.
The atmosphere at the park was similar to a celebration with music and face painting.
Trapuzzano’s mother, Cheryl Trapuzzano, said Nathan loved parties. She said the last year has been difficult for her family.
“Every day is a challenge. I don’t think you could ever get over something like this,” Cheryl Trappuzzano said.
Nathan Trapuzzano’s friend Alex Audia said, “He was a really good person, naturally. He was very loyal, and giving and just a sweet person.”
Eric Anderson, also a friend of Nathan Trapuzzano, said, “He was just a great, caring guy. He was very genuine, very intelligent. He was just a really good presence.”
All of the money raised went to The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation, which helps children who have lost a parent.
At the time of his murder, Nathan Trapuzzano was a newlywed whose wife was pregnant.
The couple’s nine-month-old daughter, Cecilia, led the nearly one mile walk while her mother, Jennifer, pushed her in a stroller.
Cheryl Trapuzzano said the walk will be an annual event.