The family of slain model Reeva Steenkamp held a private funeral for her in a 90-seat chapel in her native South Africa. Steenkamp’s boyfriend, Olympian Oscar Pistorius, is charged with murder in her shooting death in the early morning hours on Valentine’s Day.
Reeva’s brother Adam Steenkamp told reporters after the funeral, “There’s a space missing inside all the people that she knew.” He added that while the funeral marked a sad occasion, “at certain points we were smiling whilst remembering Reeva because we only have good memories of her.”
Meanwhile, Reeva’s Twitter posts the day leading up to her death suggested things were happy on the homefront. “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? ?#getexcited? ?#ValentinesDa?y?,” Reeva tweeted. ?But not before posting a photo of a smoothie with the caption, “Starting my day off with a yummy healthy shake from my boo :)”
Reeva also retweeted a message to wear black to stand against “woman abuse.” She would be dead within hours of sending the tweet.
In an interview with The Times of Johannesburg, Reeva’s anguished mother June Steenkamp said her daughter “loved like no one else could love.” Mike Steenkamp, who has been speaking to the press on behalf of the family, says the family is avoiding media reports about Reeva. “We have deliberately not watched TV or listened to the radio,” Mike says. “We just don’t want to think about it. We want to blank it all out and focus for now on the here and now.” The family says since nothing can bring Reeva back, they at least want answers about why she died.
Pistorius, who remains behind bars in Pretoria, South Africa, claims he believed Reeva was an intruder when he shot her multiple times while she was in a small bathroom inside his home.