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Friday 25 April 2014

Steenkamp parents tell of grief

Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, in the early hours of Valentine's Day

The parents of Oscar Pistorius' dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have spoken of their grief over her killing.

June and Barry Steenkamp are still trying to come to terms with the death of their daughter shot dead at Pistorius' home in the upmarket region of Pretoria, South Africa, in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

Pistorius, a double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion, was charged with premeditated murder but says he killed his girlfriend accidentally opening fire after mistaking her for an intruder at his home.

Mrs Steenkamp told Grazia magazine said: "He (Pistorius) still has his thoughts. He still has to answer for this. I don't want anything from him. What could he say to me? My daughter is dead and nothing is going to change that. I don't ever want to see him.

"My biggest regret is that Reeva will never have a wedding day. She'll never have a child. This is forever. It's the end."

Mr Steenkamp said he hopes that he will know all the facts of what happened after the court case and have the strength to look Pistorius in the eye. He said: "I just feel it 's necessary. For closure."

They plan to scatter her ashes in the sea at Bloubergstrand with Table Mountain in the background, according to Grazia. Their contact with Pistorius is now only through lawyers.

Pistorius, 26, who competed at both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, is staying with relatives as he awaits trial accused of shooting dead Ms Steenkamp, a 30 year-old model.

Mrs Steenkamp said her daughter "led a very exciting life and tried to do everything" adding "it's almost as if she knew she only had a little time in which to get everything done".

Ms Steenkamp had told her parents that Pistorius was a good man and she had been impressed by his charity work and fundraising for children with disabilities, according to the magazine.

Press Association

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