Indiana widow supports bill named for late husband

Nathan Trapuzzano

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The widow of an Indianapolis man who was shot to death during a morning walk last year says she strongly supports a new bill named after her late husband. Senate Bill 279 is known as the Nathan Trapuzzano bill.

It’s co-authored by Senator Jim Merritt, and it was created after a crime that shook the community. Trapuzzano, 24, was shot and killed while on a morning walk on the city’s west side last April. Police officials said a 16-year-old was responsible for the crime.

His wife, Jennifer Trapuzzano, was pregnant with their first daughter when Nathan was killed. Jennifer Trapuzzano recently wrote a blog post, letting her followers know how they can get involved.

Part of the legislation would require anyone 14 and older to be tried in adult court if charged for using a gun in the crime.

Jennifer writes in her blog, I “can’t say for certain that had this bill been in place last year that it would have prevented Nate’s murder. I can say this – that if it can even save one family from the devastation that we have had to suffer, then it is worth every single minute of my time, and yours, to get passed. And even though this won’t solve anything overnight, I believe it is a step in the right direction. There are many things that still need to be improved within our city to decrease our crime rate, but it starts here and it starts with us.”

Trapuzzano goes on to explain how people can support the bill and contact the correct legislators.

The bill is currently in committee.

Click here to read Jennifer’s full blog post.

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