Teenager charged in shooting death of North Allegheny grad in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested a 16-year-old in the April 1 shooting death of a 2007 North Allegheny High School alumnus during an attempted robbery.

Simeon Adams of Indianapolis was charged Tuesday with murder, attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license, according to the office of Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry. He is being held in a juvenile center, where he is recovering from an unrelated gunshot wound, Lt. Christopher Bailey said.

Police said Nathan Trapuzzano, 24, of Indianapolis was on his normal morning walk just before 6 a.m. April 1, when he was approached by a second person who acted as a lookout and Simeon, who forced Trapuzzano between two businesses where they struggled and Trapuzzano was shot in the abdomen.

Police were called to the 3500 block of West 16th Street, where Trapuzzano was found in a parking lot, the lieutenant said. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died there at 7:40 a.m.

Trapuzzano, a computer programmer, leaves behind a wife, Jennifer Trapuzzano, who is pregnant with their daughter, Cecilia Marie. A fundraiser established for his widow and unborn child has raised more than $154,000.

On a Facebook page, Supporting Jennifer and Cecilia Trapuzzano, Mrs. Trapuzzano wrote today, "I don't know this man's circumstances but it hurts to hear that such a young man could turn to such violence. Please pray for his conversion."

Trapuzzano graduated from Ball State University in 2011 with majors in Latin and Greek and minors in classical studies and mathematics and was working for Ivy Tech.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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