Friends mourn Fishers man as they try to make sense of his murder


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FISHERS, Ind (Nov. 4, 2014)– Friends of a slain 73-year-old Fishers man spoke to FOX59 as they try to make sense of his murder.

Henry Kim, 73, was found dead Saturday night near his home at Windermere Park near 96th Street and Mollenkopf Road. Police said he’d been shot three times and suffered a cut to his throat.

Tuesday, the Fishers Police Department arrested 17-year-old Hamilton Southeastern High School student Maxwell Winkler on one count of murder.

Kim immigrated to Indianapolis from South Korea and started a family which included two sons, according to family friend Charles Chae.

“I lost a good friend, a golf buddy and a good Korean singer,” said Chae.

Chae remembers the good times he had with his friend of more than 30 years. They attended the Korean Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.

“I cannot make any sense of why this is happening,” said Chae.

Police said Kim was taking a walk when he was killed. There is still no motive in his murder.

“I just wonder why a 17-year old boy would kill a 73-year old man,” said Chae.

Neighbors said they are relived to know that the an arrest was made, but now the focus shifts towards helping their neighbors cope with the tragedy.

“I feel awful for both families. They both have had things happen that in retrospect they probably would want to change,” said Fishers resident Todd Seifert.

“It could have been one of my kids out there out there walking the dog on Saturday,” said Fishers resident Peggy O’Connell.

Winkler is charged with one count of murder and his case will be waived to adult court due to the nature of the crime and his age.

“I hope someday we know  what kind of a human mind could do those terrible things,” said Chae.

Winkler’s father is the director of economic development for the city of Anderson, Ind.  Mayor Kevin Smith released this statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families affected by this tragedy,” said Mayor Kevin Smith.  “Greg is a loving father and this tragedy in no way reflects on the superior work Greg does for the citizens of Anderson. We’re awaiting information as it becomes available.”

Kim’s family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.  They will be holding a private ceremony.

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