Oscar Pistorius Charged with murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
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Since: Jul 10
#1 Feb 14, 2013
A new update from the South African police is in the video above.
In the days leading up to her death, Reeva Steenkamp's excitement about Valentine's Day was clear.
"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???#getexcited," the girlfriend of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius tweeted.
Miss Steenkamp then received a series of replies, one of which was from a mother who said her children would be making a card for their father.
She responded: "That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed."
Miss Steenkamp said Pistorius - her boyfriend since November - had "impeccable" taste.
"His gifts are always thoughtful," she was quoted as saying on the social pages of last weekend's Sunday Independent.
But February 14 ended up going terribly wrong for the 30-year-old when she was shot dead in Pistorius' home.
Now Twitter and other social media are flooded with tributes to the model and law graduate.
Former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam said: "Heartbroken for #ReevaSteenkamp's family & for #OscarPistorius.This highlights how unsafe most South Africans feel because of crime#RIPReeva."
Sammy Lambrechts said: "A woman with rare beauty... A classy and sophisticated young socialite with a heart of gold. A true lady."
On Facebook, her cousin Deon Steenkamp said: "RIP cuz this is tragic we will always remember you for your stuning smile brighting up everyone world."
Miss Steenkamp's publicist Sarit Tomlinson described her as "the sweetest human being" and "a talented and bright young girl".
She told Sky News that the couple had a "healthy, fabulous relationship".
Miss Steenkamp had most recently been a celebrity contestant on South African reality TV show Tropika Island Of Treasure 5.
The first episode of the show, which was filmed in Jamaica, was due to air this weekend.
She grew up in Port Elizabeth, where she studied law, but later moved to Johannesburg after signing a deal with cosmetics company Avon.
She went on to model for FHM and feature in various advertising campaigns.
The Cape Town-born model described herself as someone who has a "passion for cars and cooking and prefers to read a book on her off days and spend quality time with friends and family".
She was from a family of horse trainers, who she said she was very proud of.
Her father was Barry Steenkamp, a well-known trainer related to famous South African trainers the Amos brothers.
Her family was "shocked" and "devastated" by the news, Miss Steenkamp's publicist said.
Ice Model Management said: "Everyone at Ice Model Management and Ice Genetics is absolutely shocked and devastated by the news.
"Reeva has been with the Ice family for some seven years now and she was a wonderful, beautiful, and caring soul and will be missed immensely.
"It is indeed a very sad day for all those that loved and treasured her, our hearts are broken.
"Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family and friends."
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