Children remember father gunned down in parking lot - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Children remember father gunned down in parking lot

Savannah, Colt, and Dallas Schwerin Savannah, Colt, and Dallas Schwerin

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The children of a man gunned down in a Cordova parking lot spoke to Action News 5 about their father Tuesday, a short time after he was laid to rest.
 
15-year-old Savannah, 19-year-old Colt, and 20-year-old Dallas Schwerin shared memories of their father, Dutch Schwerin.

"The hugs...the smile...the races...he loved taking us to the races," Dallas recalled.

"He was always sharing whatever he had with everybody," Colt added.

Their father, a lead mechanic at FedEx, was shot and killed Friday night in the parking lot of the Trinity Commons shopping center.  Police say Ray Coleman shot him after an argument over one SUV being parked too closely to the other.

Coleman was charged with second degree murder.  The Schwerins say he took and incredible father -- a father they've learned even more about through the hundreds who came to show their respects.
 
"They all said the same thing: Your dad was an amazing man, and it was a privilege or an honor that I got to work with your father," Colt said.

"We had the privilege of living with him," Dallas added.

Dutch Schwerin's sister says his kids have their father's eyes.  They say they hope they will also be able to have their father's character.

"I'll be doing good to be half the man he ever was," Colt said.

"We've got big shoes to fill," Dallas added.

Their fathers death was the second the Schwerins have had to deal with.  Their mother died about four and a half years ago from a medical complication.  Just like then, the Schwerins said, they will get through this latest tragedy.

"Step by step, like this right here.  With each other," they said.

The Schwerins said they wanted to thank the hundreds of people who turned out to show their support.


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