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Dozens turn out in support of shooting victim

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Wearing buttons with Dutch Schwerin's face on them, more than 30 relatives and co-workers showed up at Harry Ray Coleman's court appearance Monday.

The move, they gathering, was aimed at showing support for Schwerin and demanding justice for the man charged with taking his life.  Schwerin was shot to death following a dispute with Coleman last month at the busy Trinity Commons Shopping Center at Trinity and Germantown Parkway.

Police say Schwerin and Coleman, 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. Coleman allegedly pulled a pistol and shot Schwerin in the chest. 

Schwerin, a lead mechanic at FedEx, died at the scene.

"By showing up in support of that, it's the least we can do for all the stuff Dutch has done for us over the years," supporter and co-worker Ron Ray said.

Ray, who worked with Schwerin at FedEx, said his friend was a widower, and his tragic death has been hard on a lot of people - especially his 3 kids.

"I mean its really unfortunate that these children will have to finish out their life, you know, with neither parent, and that definitely wasn't deserved," he said.

Schwerin's children were with their dad the day he was killed. Besides their grief, Ray said, they are also wrestling with whether to continue to operate the go-cart track their dad started in Byhalia as a hobby.

"I guess they are trying to get a bearing about what's going on in their lives, and they are going to see if they are all three in agreement to do that," Ray said.

Meanwhile the attention turns back to Coleman.  Though he wasn't present in court Monday, his attorney successfully moved a preliminary hearing to next month.

Schwerin's supporters said they will not be deterred, and planned to bring even more people to court next month.

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