Thursday 22 February 2018

Pistorius plans private memorial for Reeva

South African
South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius (R) poses with his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg November 4, 2012. Pistorius a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on February 14, 2013 with shooting dead Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria. Picture taken November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Frennie Shivambu/JustusMedia (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Christopher Torchia and Raf Casert Johannesburg

Oscar Pistorius is planning a personal memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, left, the 29-year-old model he shot at his home.

The service is to be at the Pretoria home of his uncle Arnold, where the 26-year-old Olympic athlete has been staying since he was released on bail awaiting trial on a premeditated murder charge.

Pistorius's reputation management firm said he had specifically requested the service "as he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva", whom he says he shot by accident assuming an intruder had entered his home on February 14.

"Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own," the management firm said.

Prosecutors say the pair had an argument before Ms Steenkamp was killed.

The management firm said Pistorius "continues to grieve".

Bail was set for Pistorius at one million rand ( €86,000).

Irish Independent

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