Reeva Steenkamp’s mother: ‘Five years on, Valentine’s Day is still full of pain and suffering’
“February 14 will ‘always signify the anniversary of her death’, Reeva Steenkamp’s mother said. “A day of romantic froth for others will always be a dark day accompanied with pain and suffering.
South African model Reeva Steenkamp’s mother marked the fifth death anniversary on the day when millions and billions of people are celebrating Valentine’s Day 2018. The whole world was shocked when when Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was arrested in 2013, accused – and later convicted – of killing Reeva.
Reeva was shot dead on Valentine’s Day 2008 by her sprinter boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.
“I sometimes wonder how Barry and I have survived to tell the tale,” late-model’s mother told Australian publication Mamamia on the anniversary of death of her daughter.
“When you have a child who is so close to you and who gives you so much love and attention, it’s so difficult to carry on and live without them. It almost seems impossible.”
Mrs Steenkamp said her daughter loved ‘creating a sense’ of celebrating special occasions where she got to choose presents and cards for loved ones.
But for her family and friends, the distraught mother said February 14 will ‘always signify the anniversary of her death. A day of romantic froth for others will always be a dark day accompanied with pain and suffering,” Mrs Steenkamp said.
What happened the night Reeva Steenkamp died?
The couple had spent the Valentine’s evening inside Pistorius’ Pretoria flat
He later made a frantic call to emergency services after Reeva sustained her fatal injuries.
The 29-year-old FHM model had been shot four times through the closed door of the toilet cubicle. Pistorius has always maintained he mistook her for a possible intruder.
Reeva worked as a model, becoming the face of Avon in South African and going on to feature in magazine FHM. She also worked as a TV presenter and appeared in adverts for companies including Toyota. On the day she was murdered in 2013, Reeva had planned to deliver a speech about domestic violence at a high school.