VIDEO: Renisha McBride's family speaks at sentencing of Theodore Wafer

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Renisha McBride sister Jasmine McBride and her father, Walter Simmons, spoke before Theodore Wafer was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for murdering the young woman last year.

McBride's father also read a statement from Renisha's youngest sister, who, he said, could not attend the hearing because the case had affected her so much.

Jasmine McBride, who spoke first, described her sister as her best friend. 

"When I needed someone to talk to, she was always there to listen," McBride said. "When I cried, she was always there to comfort me."

She went on to say that "losing my sister was one of the most devastating times in my life."

"I was taught to apologize when I made a mistake, or an accident," Jasmine McBride told the court. "Never once have I heard Mister Wafer send his condolences or apologize to my family for taking my loved one."

She then asked Judge Hathaway to sentence Wafer to the maximum sentence.

Renisha McBride's father, Walter Simmons, then addressed the court. He said Wafer has "ruined my family life."

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about my daughter," he said. "I'll never have the opportunity to see her grow up, be a woman, have kids."

Simmons then read a statement from his youngest daughter, Lindsey. He said she wanted to speak to the court, but had had two panic attacks in the last week.

 "You broke my heart, because now I have no sister to talk to or be with anymore," the statement read. "We were quite close, so, yeah, you ruined that. My sister was innocent and did not deserve what you have done to her."

You can see their entire statements in the video player above.

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