Family remembers murdered Kokomo man

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 25, 2014) — A Central Indiana man, enjoying his first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Speedway police arrested Avory Johnson, 19, of Indianapolis, for the murder of Max Levine, 25, of Kokomo. Detectives haven’t said what led up to the shooting, but Levine’s sister told FOX59 she can’t understand why it happened.

Max Levine was the father of a three-year-old daughter. He was invited to the track with his friends, so you can guess how excited Max was.

“He had the warmest heart, and he was so ready to dive in to life and experience and make something of it,” said Victoria Levine, Max’s sister. “I don’t even know anything that he would say to anybody to make them wanna do that. He was always just so nice.”

Police rushed to Coke Lot 1 C near W. 30th St. and Georgetown Rd. after reports of gunfire. When paramedics arrived, they found Levine lying unresponsive on the ground. He was later pronounced dead. After a period of time, police grabbed hold of a suspect and eventually charged Avory Johnson with murder. Levine’s sister will tell you one thing she’ll miss about her brother.

“Hugging him, he had the best hugs, because he was so big,” she said.

It’s not easy dealing with something like this, but the Levine’s are doing the best they can.

“My family was built strong, so we’re getting through it, minute by minute, ya know,” Victoria said.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued a statement following the shooting:

“Local law enforcement is continuing its investigation and we’re cooperating with them to help in any way that we can. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those involved in this incident.”