By Sandra Birungi
As Paralympic star, Oscar Pistorius headed to court today for his second court appearance, the family of his dead girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp wiped away tears ahead of her burial next week.
29 year old Steenkamp will be cremated in her home city, Port Elizabeth after a private memorial service which will be held on Tuesday. This comes in the wake of Pistorious’s bail application hearing which is taking place today.
Steenkamp was killed by 26 year old boyfriend, Pistorious who allegedly thought there was an intruder in the house and shot before finding out who it was. However, prosecutors say it was a premeditated murder and want life sentence.
According to Pistorious’s best friend, Justin Divaris, Pistorious called him saying there had been an accident and Reeves had been shot. “It’s all very sad. Oscar called me at 3.55am saying that Reeva had been shot. It was very traumatic. By the time we got there it was already a crime scene and we weren’t allowed in the house.”
Steenkamp’s mother paid tribute to her daughter, describing her as the ‘most beautiful person who ever lived and ‘loved like no one else could love.’ “She had so much of herself to give and now all of it is gone. Just like that, she is gone … In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here. All we have is this horrendous death to deal with … to get to grips with. All we want are answers … answers as to why this had to happen, why our beautiful daughter had to die like this.”
Reeves was a model in South Africa and she and Pistorious had been dating since November last year.