Kyle Nicholas Bruner, 34
Kyle Nicholas Bruner, 34, died on Sunday May 12, 2013, in Nassau, Bahamas. Police say that Bruner was shot while coming to aid a woman who was being mugged.
Bruner was born in Kensington, MD on January 16, 1979. His family moved to the eastside of Indianapolis while he was still an infant. He attended Moorhead Elementary School on East 10th Street from grades 1 through 6. In 1990, the family then relocated to Attica, IN where he attended Attica High School, graduating in 1997. Kyle was a member of the football, baseball and swim teams winning All Wabash River Conference and All Bi-county Honors. He was also a member of the Attica Marching Band, serving as the Drum Major his Junior and Senior years, a three-year member of the Bi-county Honor band and winner of the John Phillip Sousa award. Kyle was also a triple ruby winner as a member of the Attica High School National Forensics League debate team. In 1996, Kyle represented Attica as a delegate to Boys State.
After graduation, Bruner attended DePauw University and Purdue University
before graduating from Indiana State University in 2006. During this time he also served as a member of the Indiana National Guard.
In late 2007, Bruner joined the crew of the Tall Ship Lady Washington, out of Gray's Harbor, Aberdeen, WA. He subsequently served on the Tall Ships America, Shenandoah, Alabama, Pioneer and Irving Johnson. He also, during times ashore, worked as a therapist with autistic children in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Chicago. He had received his US Coast Guard Captain's certificate in March of 2013 and was in the Bahamas as the Chief Mate aboard the Tall Ship Liberty Clipper at the time of his death.
His remains will be cremated and his ashes scattered upon the ocean from the deck of the Liberty Clipper.
He is survived by his parents, Rick and Ginny Bruner, of Chicago; two sisters, Christie Cataldo, of Indianapolis and Sarah (husband Joshua) Brown, of Chicago; a brother, Joshua (wife: Dr. Kari) Cataldo, of Verona, Wis.; nephews, Derick Brocks, of Indianapolis, Alexander and Kurtis Cataldo, of Verona, Wis., and Tristan Harvey, of Memphis, Tenn.; and a great nephew, Elijah Brocks, of Indianapolis.