Non-profit established in Nathan Trapuzzano’s memory

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Wednesday marks one year since expectant father and husband Nathan Trapuzzano was shot and killed while on a morning walk on Indianapolis’ west side.

Now, his family has formed a non-profit in his honor, to provide financial relief and support to children who have lost a parent.

Trapuzzano was just 24 years old, and a newlywed when he was killed. His wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their daughter Cecilia Marie, later that April.

The community came together after that to support Jennifer and Cecilia, raising thousands of dollars to support them. Now, they’re hoping to do the same for others.

The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation will host its first fundraising event, a memorial walk, on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at Edna Balz Lacy Park. NateWalk will include a walk, auction, 50/50 raffle, food, vendors, live music, and games. Online registration and donation forms are available here.

The second annual Trapuzzano Benefit Ride is scheduled for the day before, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Heavy’s Bar & Grill in Camby. Kickstands up at noon. Proceeds from this year’s ride will also go to The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation as well. Trapuzzano grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh. He went to Ball State, where he met Jennifer. He was working as a computer programmer in Indianapolis.24-Hour News 8 spoke with Nathan’s widow Jennifer in February about their daughter, preventing crime, and a bill at the Statehouse created in Nathan’s honor as well.

If you would like to find out more about the foundation, click here. For the NateWalk’s Facebook page, click here.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.