Families Offer Big Reward To Solve Sons' Murders

Families Offer Big Reward To Solve Sons' Murders

Anthony Conte and Robert Schmidt were brutally shot to death last July. Their families are now offering $11,000 to catch whoever killed them.
MEMPHIS, TN (loclmemphis.com)-- Two Memphis mothers are making two heartfelt pleas: "Help us find who killed our sons."

Anthony Conte and Robert Schmidt were brutally shot to death last July. The two friends were playing video games at Conte's house on Yates Road in East Memphis.

Police believe a gunman barged inside the home and shot them during a robbery. No one has been charged with the crime.

Their two families are now offering a big reward, $11,000, to catch whoever killed them.

"We have been 411 days without our sons," says Brigitte Schmidt. They've been 411 agonizing days for her and Pam Conte. "411 days with no answer."

The moms have spent every one of those days wondering who killed their sons.

"For anybody, it's horrendous to lose a child, but to lose a child to a homicide is just something that's off the charts," Conte says.

It wasn't easy for them to talk with us about their sons' murders. They did it, talking through tears and the pain to get the word out.

There is an $11,000 reward for information that leads to a tip, a clue, an arrest.

"I don't want it to become a cold case," Conte says. "I know somebody knows answers."

Anthony Conte was 26 years old. Robert Schmidt was 30. Investigators think the two were killed during a robbery.

Last July 26th, witnesses told police they heard gunshots around midnight, then a car speeding off. 

More than a year has passed. The grieving families long for justice.

"We all feel the loss," Schmidt says. She can't cook spaghetti, Robert's favorite meal, ever again. "I have not cooked any spaghetti meals since and I do not intend to do so."

Anthony's older sister Sarah is now an only child. "He was really an awesome guy," she says. "He loved his family and he loved his friends."

Nothing will bring back their loved ones. Justice will offer relief.

"To have this case solved in whatever way possible," Schmidt says. "To get one gun off the street and to get somebody into a place where he or she could not harm anybody else. That's the goal."

Anyone with information about these murders is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. You will be given a secret ID number and your identification will remain completely anonymous.

You can also submit your tip at www.528cash.org where you will be linked to a secure website at http://memphis.crimestoppersweb.com/. At the website, you will be able to review wanted fugitives and safely send investigators any helpful information on the suspect or suspects responsible for this crime.

You can text your tip by typing the keyword 'AWARD' to 274637 (CRIMES). If an arrest is made, you could be eligible to receive a cash reward from Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, Inc.
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