In her first interview following the death of her young pro-life activist husband, Jennifer Trapunazzo, 25, talked about the final moments she had with Nathan before he was shot and killed.
Nathan Trapuzzano was a young 24-year-old man who served as a sidewalk counselor at a local abortion clinic in Indiana and had a baby on the way. Tragically, he was murdered in a shooting while out walking his neighborhood.
Eight months pregnant, Jennifer revealed she told Nathan, 24, that she wouldn’t be able to live without him. As they embraced, he laughed, hugged her, felt their baby kick and told her not to “be silly.”
Jennifer revealed he always used to take his daily exercise in the evenings – but fatefully changed his routine so he could spend more time with her. It was on that morning jog outside of a store that he was mugged and shot and killed. Simeon Adams, a 16-year-old nicknamed ‘Red’ with a long criminal history was charged with his murder yesterday.
Heartbreakingly, she revealed Nathan believed one of the world’s greatest crimes was the number of babies growing up without a father.
Jennifer said: ‘I rolled onto my left side and he rolled over and put his arm around me because he wanted to feel his baby girl, that’s the last thing I remember. I woke up the next morning and he was gone.”
The pro-life community has rallied around Nathan’s family and has raised more than $162,000 for his wife and unborn baby. Funds donated here will cover baby expenses for Trapuzzano’s wife Jennifer, who is eight months pregnant with their daughter Cecilia, as well as the young man’s funeral.
Here now is more from her interview with the London Daily Mail newspaper:
Her devout Catholic husband reassured her, saying: ‘You’d make it through’, before putting his arm round her and resting his hand on her stomach to feel his unborn child, who they have already named Cecilia. ‘Nate was so incredibly excited about being a daddy’, Jennifer said.
That was the last time Jennifer saw her husband. When she woke up the next morning he had already left for a morning walk.
Minutes later at 5.50am, he was shot dead just a few blocks from their Indianapolis home after being approached by two men.
Jennifer does not want to focus on her husband’s killer, but she has spoken exclusively to MailOnline to pay tribute to her husband.
Describing their final evening together the 25-year-old said: ‘The night before he died I wanted some ice cream, so we walked to McDonalds, it was very normal, but it was a lovely night.
‘I don’t know why, but we talked about him passing. We were lying in bed and I told him, “I don’t know what I’d ever do without you”.
‘He was the only person I had ever fallen in love with. I always told him he was my one and only. When I fell in love I wanted it to be for real. I wanted it to be the person I was going to marry.
‘He knew when I told him I loved him that meant I wanted to marry him. I had feelings for him, but I wanted it to be a conscious decision, like, I am choosing to love you and I am choosing to love you forever, not just because I feel something for you today, but because I am going to feel something for the rest of my life.
‘He really respected that, even though I think it meant he fell in love with me before I fell in love with him.
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‘So that evening when I told him “I don’t think I could exist without you, you’re my one and only”, he said, “you’d make it through”. I said, “I don’t think I would, I would probably end up living with my parents for 40 years.”
‘I told him I was too silly to get by without him and he laughed and hugged me tight. He told me he loved me so much and I said, “I love you too”.
In response to the arrest, Jennifer Trapuzzano, Nathan’s wife, wrote on Facebook:
“Today has been extra rough. It’s been one week and I still can’t comprehend that this is all real.
“The police have reported the suspect of my husband’s murder was only 16. Oh how my already wounded heart aches to hear this. Nate always said one of the greatest crimes in the world today is how many babies grow up without their father.
“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.”
“I am saddened to report that a young man who served as a sidewalk counselor at one of Indianapolis’ abortion clinics was killed while walking near his home on Tuesday morning,” said Cathie Humbarger of Allen County Right to Life. “His wife is due to deliver their first baby next month.”
“As with many tragedies, this seems so senseless and yet the outpouring of love and support reminds us that there is so much good in this world. Nate would not want us to become angry, but rather focus on the good and what is yet to come,” his family said in a statement released April 2.
“Nate had an unbelievable, strong faith in God, and we are finding some comfort knowing he is now in the Lord’s loving embrace.”