A 24-year old computer programmer, Nathan Trapuzzano, became the 41st homicide victim in Indianapolis this year. Nathan and his wife, Jennifer, were married just last May and were expecting the birth of their first son in a matter of weeks. Trapuzzano was out for an early morning walk close to 6:00 a.m. this morning in the 3500 block of West 16th Street when two hoodlums confronted him at gunpoint and shot him in the parking lot of Tron Tire Shop. Trapuzzano died during surgery after being transported to Eskenazi Hospital.
The Indianapolis Star has uploaded surveillance video footage of the deadly encounter on its website that IMPD obtained from the business' owner who didn't personally know Trappuzano but had become familiar with him because of his daily walking routine. "He is an everyday walker. We usually saw him at closing time about 7, when we were pulling tires in," Adrian Ordaz said. "Rain, snow, cold, hot — he would be walking. "We didn't really ever set down and talk to him," he said, "But you see him every day. It's kind of like seeing your neighbor, you know."
Trapuzzano was one of 7 people shot over the past two days, four of whom died from their injuries, including a triple homicide at an apartment complex near 21st and Post Road. Trapuzzano's shooting prompted IMPD to deploy a large contingency of police to the neighborhood not far from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in hopes of developing leads on the two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting. I found this touching video of the victim's wedding day on YouTube.