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Jennifer Trapuzzano: Widow of man killed while on walk carries Indiana bicentennial torch

Posted at 7:27 AM, Oct 14, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The widow of a man killed in 2014 has a message to share.

"Even in the darkest times, there's always a light."

Jennifer Trapuzzano knows about those dark times. 

Her husband, Nathan Trapuzzano, was shot and killed while on a morning walk two-and-a-half years ago.

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Jennifer shared her light Thursday through the Indiana Torch Relay, a key part of the state's bicentennial celebration. Her resilience and determination to do good in the wake of tragedy was recognized as she carried the torch for the relay, part of a 3,200 mile, 92-county course for the torch.

Jennifer also created a foundation in Nathan's honor, raising money for children like her daughter Cecilia, who have lost a parent.

"I have good days and bad days too. I would say I have more good days than bad days. I laugh, I smile, I sing in the car with [Cecilia]," Jennifer said. "And then there are days where I just wake up and my heart clenches and I remember that morning all over again."

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Two years ago, Jennifer wasn't sure if she'd ever smile again. But now, she's inspiring those around her to do good.

"Always have hope, even when you're struggling," she said.