The past few days have been especially difficult for the family of murdered Middle Tennessee State University basketball player Tina Stewart.
Her parents had to relive the crime in court from the panicked emergency phone calls to the painful testimony.
They are reacting tonight to the verdict and also shared the last video of their daughter alive with Channel 4 News.
"Hey, Tina," her mother said on the video.
Stewart is seen on the iPhone video drinking a soda and joking with her mother. It is the last Christmas she would spend with her family in Memphis. The video is now a precious memory.
"What up cuz?" Stewart said on the video.
Three months later, and a week before she was to go home for spring break, Stewart was stabbed to death by her roommate, Shanterrica Madden.
"If you could sit face-to-face with Shanterrica Madden right now, what would you say to her?" asked reporter Larry Flowers.
"Why did you do this to my child?" mother Ida Stewart Jackson said while wiping away tears. "Why didn't you try to get help for my child? Why didn't you dial 911?"
The family said every day is struggle, but they said justice for the Stewart came when Madden was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday in a Rutherford County Courtroom.
"It was like a peace that came over my heart to know that she will finally be off the streets for that horrific thing she did to my child," the mother said.
"I wouldn't ask her anything," said father Andrian Jackson. "I would tell her I forgave her that second day not for her soul, but for mine."
Stewart's mother said spending Mother's Day without her daughter was really difficult.
"I really struggled with that, it was really, really hard," Ida Jackson said.
Andrian Jackson said reliving what happened to his daughter over and over in the courtroom was difficult.
"When the Bible said the fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much, that means a lot and that's so true," Andrian Jackson said. "I wondered how I could take that myself walking past them, them sitting in front of me."
Stewart's sister, Monika Jones, said Madden took more away from the family than she'll ever know.
"I just try to be there for them, because Tina is not," Jones said. "When Shanterrica killed her she took her from my mom, my dad, took her from K.C. (and) she took her from me. She hurt my children."
The family said Stewart may be gone, but her memory will live on in their hearts and her videos.
This is a sad situation for everyone involved, but does anyone win? Stewart's father says Madden does, because her family still gets to see, hug and kiss her. It's something they can't do with Stewart.
Stewart's father is organizing a basketball classic. He'll invite her high school and college teammates to play in the game, in memory of his daughter.
He hopes to make this an annual event.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:54:07 GMT
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