The 14th of December, 2019 marked six years since the death of Reeva Steenkamp. She was killed in Silver Lakes, east of Pretoria at the home of her then-boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. Mr. Pistorius, who was also a Paralympian, was convicted for Reeva’s murder and is currently at the Atteridgeville correctional center serving a 13-year sentence.
Oscar Pistorius claimed to have accidentally shot Reeva thinking that it was an intruder in his home. He fired a gun multiple times through the bathroom room and killed her. His first conviction of culpable homicide occurred in 2014. This was followed by the Court of Appeal upgrading his conviction to murder in 2015. Later in 2017, he was sentenced to a six-year imprisonment by the Pretoria High Court. However, the Supreme Court of Appeal increased his serving term to 13 years.
Who was Reeva Steenkamp?
The late Ms. Steenkamp was a model and also a law graduate. She was the youngest child in her family. As she had been able to create a good life for herself, she intended to assist her parents where she could and secure their financial future. However, when she died, all these hopes faded away. As her parents decided to sue Oscar Pistorius for compensation, they received many accusations from people claiming that they were seeking blood money for their daughter’s life. Others even said that Ms. Steenkamp would be ashamed of the manner that her parents handled her death.
What happened on the 6th anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp’s death?
June and Barry Steenkamp are the parents of the late Reeva. Her mother stated that they adopted an annual practice to mark the day of their daughter’s death. Therefore, on Reeva’s sixth anniversary of her death, like every other year, family and friends visited the Port Elizabeth beach. This is where her ashes were scattered. They also received messages of encouragement and support from different people on various social media platforms.
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius
Prior to Reeva’s tragic death, the couple was loved and adored by the public. Reeva was the world-famous model while Oscar was the handsome double-amputee who was known as the ‘blade-runner’ as he ran alongside able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympics held in London. Having a great fortune, in addition to owning exquisite upmarket properties and his profound love for fast cars, no one would have been declared a better global ambassador for disabled sport.
Where is Oscar Pistorius today?
It is believed that Pistorius is a spiritual leader at the Atteridgeville correctional center. This information was given by his father, Henke Pistorius, who stated that he conducts Bible studies and preaches the word to fellow inmates. Oscar Pistorius latest news is quite impressive as he has even managed to recruit the most feared gang leader in the prison to join his prayer and Bible study group. Henke Pistorius firmly believes that his son has always been a true child of God.
The remembrance of Reeva’s tragic death
June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, clearly remembers the occurrences of the day that their beloved daughter died. She said that she received a call from Inspector Botha at 5 am saying that an accident had occurred and her daughter had been shot. She went ahead to ring her husband to inform him of the tragic news as he was out collecting firewood. However, he could not understand what she was saying as she was screaming and crying over the phone. When he got home, they went through it together, and since then, they have not been able to find any joy in their lives.
Reeva’s parents were needed to carry out the formal process of identifying the deceased in Johannesburg. However, they could not manage to do it. A good friend, Cecil Myers, offered to carry out the task which followed the transfer of the body to Port Elizabeth. Her funeral was conducted on 19th February 2013, and this is when they got the courage to view her dead body.
June and Barry Steenkamp stated having trouble-free years when Reeva was a teenager. She never talked back to them, argued, shouted, and did not have a temper. Reeva Steenkamp had always been lovable and full of grace since birth. The world lost a true gem.