It never gets easier, only worse - Reeva's mom

2014-02-14 14:56
Reeva Steenkamp (Picture: AP)

Reeva Steenkamp (Picture: AP)

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Cape Town - Reeva Steenkamp's relatives were set to gather on Friday in private to mark the anniversary of her death.

Steenkamp was shot dead on 14 February last year by her boyfriend, paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, in his Pretoria home. He claims he mistook her for an intruder.

"We will release balloons in her memory," her uncle Michael Steenkamp told AFP. "They will be red and white, her favourite colours."

The function will be "away from the city and the concrete jungle", he said, adding her parents and brother would not attend.

'It only gets worse'

Saying that "nothing will ever be the same", Steenkamp's mother June, who lives in Port Elizabeth, told The Times newspaper that she would attend Pistorius's murder trial next month.

"Yes, I will be at the trial. For me, for us and for Reeva, but it will not bring back our beautiful baby," she said.

"It never gets easier. In fact, it only gets worse."

"We will be glad when this is all over... we really do hope that all of this is over quite quickly," Steenkamp's father Barry told Port Elizabeth daily The Herald.

In two memorial adverts in the classified section of the Cape Times newspaper, family members paid tribute to "our angel in heaven".

"We miss you so very much but know that you are in the arms of our Lord," said relatives in Cape Town.

Family based in the United Kingdom said: "We will never forget that tragic Valentine's Day. God came and picked His most beautiful flower to take to heaven."

Pistorius message

Pistorius said on Friday he was consumed with "sorrow" as he marked one year since he shot Steenkamp through his toilet door, in what he claimed was an accident.

"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva," Pistorius wrote on his personal website.

"The pain and sadness - especially for Reeva's parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow," said Pistorius, breaking his long silence since he shot dead his model lover.

"The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life," he said in the message signed simply "Oscar".

He also posted a link to the message on Twitter, describing it as "A few words from my heart". It was the first time he has used his official account on the social networking site since 12 February 2013, two days before the shooting.

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