Max ~ His Life

Maxfield Aaron Shacknai was born on June 7th, 2005 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He was the only son of Dr. Dina (Romano) Shacknai. At the time of Max’s death, Dina was a Child Psychologist in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dina’s former husband,  Jonah Shacknai, the Founder and CEO of Phoenix-based Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, also has two teenage children from a previous marriage; Gabrielle and Ethan. Max’s parents separated in 2008, and Max’s time was subsequently split between both parents’ Paradise Valley homes and their summer residences in Coronado, California.

Max’s short but beautiful life was deeply invested in his community; including family, friends, school activities and sports participation.

Max always loved to play sports.  He began participating in a local competitive soccer program at the age of three and was considered by his Coaches and teammates to be a “natural athlete.” Max would fearlessly compete with players significantly older than he was and he always enjoyed practicing soccer techniques with his older half-brother whenever possible.

Max attended Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, where he was a good student and very well-liked. He was very excited about the prospect of soon entering first grade at PCDS.

Sadly, Maxie never got that chance. He died tragically on July 16, 2011 as a result of highly-suspicious traumatic injuries he sustained five days earlier inside his father’s Coronado residence.

4 Responses to Max ~ His Life

  1. Jennifer Lucci says:

    Dina
    I am so so so so heartbroken for you. I am the mother of an only child, a son I had at 40. He is now 11. I can’t imagine what you’ve endured. I swear it would break me. I love looking at photos of your son Max. Again, there are no words. From mother to mother I just wanted you to know I care. If something untoward happened then Godspeed to justice and truth.

  2. Debra Boyle says:

    This whole thing is crazy and makes no sense. I think someone has been payed off to back off. The authorities don’t let small time crimes go, yet they just walk away from all this . PoppyCock!!!!

  3. ECG says:

    Rest in peace Max and may you and your angel buddies protect my family.

  4. mandteach says:

    Dina, I am so sorry for your loss. Max and his unfortunate story has really touched our lives. I have an 8 year old son and he is everything to me. I cant imagine the feelings you are going through as this is a nightmare. We live in phoenix and visit coronado often as this is one of our favorite places to go, my son especially loves the spreckles candy shop, and the toy store at the Del. Since this has happened I look at my stair banister and think about Max all the time. My son says mommy he may have been my friend, as we talk about him. He is such a cute boy. I wish there were something I could do to help you. You are in our prayers. Stay strong..

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