Reeva’s mom will attend Oscar Pistorius trial to get closure

2014-02-11 11:46

Between tears, June Steenkamp is preparing to attend Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in Pretoria to get “closure” next month. Barry Steenkamp is too heartbroken to attend.

This Friday, on Valentine’s Day, Reeva Steenkamp’s parents will mourn the anniversary of her death in the ­bathroom ­of the Paralympian star’s Pretoria mansion.

In a rare move, the couple from Port Elizabeth broke their silence today. They said they would fulfil their late daughter’s dream of fighting women abuse by starting a foundation against domestic violence when the trial, scheduled to start on March 3, is done.

“Reeva held a passion for women’s abuse issues and frequently spoke out against domestic violence. She intended to one day open an establishment where abused women would be cared for.

“Once the trial is over, we intend to start a foundation honouring Reeva’s passions,” they said in a statement, released by their lawyer, Advocate Dup de Bruyn.

With three weeks to go until the start of Pistorius’ high-profile murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court, emotions are running high among family members of the model, who died at the age of 29. June will attend in a bid to get closure.

“June and other family members will be at the trial in Pretoria. All we are looking for is closure and to know that our daughter did not suffer on that tragic Valentine’s Day,” said the statement.

“As the first anniversary of our beloved daughter’s death approaches, we would like to thank all family, friends, the people of South Africa, and the world for their compassion, kind words and comfort shown to us, and for the many letters of condolences we have received.

“We understand and empathise with other parents and families who have lost a child or loved one through violence or abuse.

“Without offending the media, or any well-meaning persons, we would like to ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding,” said the Steenkamps.

Court documents state that on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed, witnesses at Pistorius’ upmarket Pretoria home heard a woman scream, “followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots and more screaming”.

It also confirms that the “deceased had locked herself in the toilet cubicle”.

Pistorius’ lawyers will argue that the Paralympian star believed there was an intruder in his bathroom and did not know he was shooting at his girlfriend.

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