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Man arrested after fatal shooting near speedway

– A 19-year-old man was being held Saturday on a preliminary charge of murder in the early morning shooting death of a race fan in a parking lot near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Avory Johnson of Indianapolis was arrested in the death of 25-year-old Max Levine of Kokomo, Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald said in a news release.

Marion County Jail spokesman Julio Fernandez said Johnson is being held without bond on a charge of murder.

Theobald said that Levine was shot in Coke Lot 1 about 2 a.m. A quarrel preceded the shooting, Theobald said.

The Coke Lot is a popular spot across the street from the speedway, where Indy 500 race fans have set up tents and partied on race weekend for decades.

Levine’s mother, Janice Bickel, told The Associated Press that her son went camping in the lot with a group of friends from Kokomo.

Levine had a 3-year-old daughter who lived with him part of the time, Bickel said. He was studying for a business degree at Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo.

Levine’s death was the first violent death on race weekend in Theobald’s 16 years with the Speedway Police Department, he said, adding that fights were common on race weekend.

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