In Reeva Steenkamp’s memorial, mourners call for Oscar Pistorius to be punished.
Steenkamp was cremated in a private ceremony in Port Elizabeth as friends call for Paralympic competitor stay in prison over her passing away.
In the middle of the sorrow, some mourners at the South African model Reeva Steenkamp’s funeral on Tuesday demanded punishment for her boyfriend.
A hearse took Steenkamp’s body to the Victoria Park crematorium in Port Elizabeth for a confidential funeral attended by more than 100 relatives and friends.
In the meantime Pistorius was at a financial guarantee hearing in Pretoria, where a prosecutor told the court the athlete fired four shots at Steenkamp through a toilet door at his high end home last week. Pistorius’s lawyer said it was not murder.
In Port Elizabeth, Gavin Venter, a previous jockey who worked for Steenkamp’s dad, said of Pistorius:
Without a doubt he’s a danger to the public. He’ll be a danger to witnesses. He must stay in jail. He’s already shown how dangerous he can be for what he did to Reeva.
He told told about Steenkamp:
She was an angel, she was so soft, so innocent. Such a lovely person. It’s just sad that this could happen to somebody so good.
Friends of Steenkamp walked up a trail to the crematorium, some holding hands or bringing flowers. After the hour-long ceremony, relatives stood in the exterior and friends paid their sympathy, hugging Steenkamp’s parents.
Bongiwe Gaxamba, 29, a former classmate, who put on the blue blazer with yellow stripes from their high school recalled:
It was a total shock. It is only sinking in right now.
Steenkamp’s sibbling Adam said:
There’s a space missing inside all the people that she knew that can’t be filled again. We are going to keep all the positive things that we remember and know about my sister. We will miss her.
She and Pistorius had been going out since last November.
Steenkamp was a previous legal student and model who had appeared on the cover of FHM magazine and did ads for Avon in her native South Africa. Pistorius was the runner who, until now, was most famous for making it to the Olympic Games nevertheless being a double amputee.
Steenkamp had recently filmed an appearance on the reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure 5.
You can see her last tweets here.