Parking lot shooting victim leaves behind 3 orphaned children - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Parking lot shooting victim leaves behind 3 orphaned children

CORDOVA, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Three children who have already suffered the tragic loss of their mother to illness are now grieving for their father who was murdered in a Cordova parking lot on Friday night.

Robert Louis "Dutch" Schwerin, 52, was shot to death following a dispute with a stranger at the busy Trinity Commons Shopping Center at Trinity and Germantown Parkway.

Police say he and another man, both in their 50's, began arguing about how closely together their vehicles were parked. The verbal disagreement turned physical and several punches were exchanged. The other man pulled a pistol and shot Schwerin in the chest. He died at the scene.

Schwerin was a lead mechanic at FedEx, but his brother and sister say the job he loved most was being a dad.

Now, those three orphaned children will live with the memory of watching their father gunned down right in front of them.

Schwerin leaves behind two sons in college and a daughter in high school.
Their mother Emily died four and a half years ago. Her death, too, was sudden. She died of a complication from rheumatoid arthritis

Schwerin's brother and sister, Butch Schwerin and Lauri Murphy, said police told them not to discuss the details of the incident that lead to Schwerin's death, but they say their brother would not have instigated an argument.
"He wouldn't have done that, with his kids there or without the kids there because he knows that he is all they had," said Murphy.
Butch Schwerin and Murphy say the gunman stole a loving father from their children.
"He did everything that he possibly could for them," said Murphy.
They say the gunman also robbed a father of his son, and a brother and sister of their beloved sibling.
"He had the most amazing bear hug. You felt like everything was going to be okay, no matter what you were going through," said Murphy.
It's that warm hug his family wishes they could feel now.

Schwerin was also the co-owner of DACOSA speedway in Byhalia, Mississippi. It's named after his children.
The suspect is in police custody, but his name has not been released.

Investigators say there were several witnesses to the shooting.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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