Nathan Benjamin Trapuzzano was born May 17, 1989. The fourth of five children, he was raised in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a suburb north of Pittsburgh. Growing up, Nathan excelled in academics and athletics, held a black belt in karate, and possessed superb skills playing both the piano (his piano playing is featured on this website, check pages marked with an asterisk *) and violin. Nathan also boasted a sharp mind, keen sense of humor, and wide taste in music.
Initially attending college with the thought of becoming an actuary, Nathan rediscovered his love for Latin and Greek culture and language and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University with a degree in Latin, Greek & Classical Studies in 2011. It was at Ball State where he met and soon married the love of his life, Jennifer Swihart. After graduation, Nathan moved to Columbus, Ohio and eventually to Indianapolis, Indiana where was employed by Ivy Tech Community College as a computer programmer thanks to skills which were completely self-taught. Nathan owned strong convictions related to Pro-Life issues, was a devout Catholic, and was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Nathan was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, son, and friend.
On the morning of April 1st, 2014, Nathan was called to heaven. Nathan was on his morning walk when he was mugged and shot to death. He left behind a beautiful newlywed wife, Jennifer, who was due with their first child, a daughter to be named Cecilia Marie, later in April. An outpouring of community support led to raising over $170,000 to cover funeral expenses and set up a fund for Cecilia thanks to family, friends, employers, acquaintances, and strangers from all over the country.
The following links are just a few of the news stories following Nathan's murder: