Oscar’s family comforts June Steenkamp

2014-03-05 13:52

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Her daughter’s alleged murderer did not look into her eyes in the court, but Oscar Pistorius’ older brother, Carl, spontaneously hugged June Steenkamp in a private moment.

For the first time since Reeva’s shooting last year, the Pistorius and Steenkamp families reached out to each another outside the court on Monday.

Steenkamp told British TV channel ITV yesterday she wanted to see Oscar in court and she wanted him to see her, “but he didn’t look at me or anything, he just walked straight and looked ahead”.

But Carl spontaneously hugged Steenkamp in a moment when the media attention was focused elsewhere and he thought journalists would not see him.

After the court adjourned on Monday, Steenkamp was standing holding an umbrella at one of the bus stops outside the court.

Carl and two of his aunts, Sonia Grobler and Loïs Pistorius, were standing on the pavement waiting for Oscar to leave the building in the midst of a sea of media.

Steenkamp saw Carl and his two aunts and asked one of her friends or family members whether they were relations of Oscar.

Grobler, Oscar’s aunt, made eye contact with Steenkamp and squeezed her arm lightly.

Loïs then reached out and squeezed June’s hands gently.

That’s when Carl and June also made eye contact, and Carl put his arms around her and held his cheek against hers.

For a moment they stood together without saying a word, and then it was over.

A family friend of the Steenkamps said June appreciated the small gesture of sympathy immensely and said she felt sorry for the Pistorius family. Not one of them pulled the trigger, yet everyone close to Oscar is going through a traumatic time.

June has no hate in her heart for the Pistorius family or for Oscar.

She just wants to know the truth; she just wants to know what happened.

Read: June Steenkamp ‘has heard enough’

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