Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons, the parents of Renisha McBride, held a press conference on Friday to speak about the charges filed against their daughter’s murderer, Theodore “Ted” Wafer.
Although McBride’s parents are relieved to see the wheels of justice turning they refuse to accept Wafer’s “self-defense” excuse.
“I couldn’t accept no apology because my daughter don’t breathe no more,” said her father, Walter Ray Simmons. “I believe this man took my daughter’s life for no reason. We just want justice done.”
Wafer, 54, was arraigned Friday afternoon on the murder and manslaughter charges as well as a felony weapons charge. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 18.
Interestingly enough, the McBride’s don‘t want to make Renisha’s murder one about racism.
“We didn’t want to make this a racial situation. We didn’t want to inflame anybody,” family attorney Gerald Thurswell said. “The family is not taking a position that this is black or white. You don’t take a gun and shoot somebody because there’s a noise outside.”