Pistorius to hold private memorial service for Reeva

Pistorius to hold private memorial service for Reeva

Pretoria : South Africa | Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM PST
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Pistorius to hold private memorial service for Reeva

More than a week after being charged with her death, Oscar Pistorius is to hold a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp Tuesday night.

Reportedly, the service for his girlfriend, who he shot and killed on Valentine’s Day, is to take place at his uncle’s Pretoria home, where the Paralympian, known as the “Blade Runner,” has been staying since he was released on bail last Friday.

"Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner, Reeva," a Pistorius family statement read. "Since it is such a sensitive issue, Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own."

The Pistorius family asked media to respect its privacy during the memorial and the details on the service and its attendees were not revealed.

So far, the family of the slain 29-year-old model hasn’t commented on the Pistorious’ announcement.

The Steenkamp family held a memorial service Feb. 19 in the southern coast city of Port Elizabeth. The private ceremony was followed by the cremation of her body.

Pistorius is charged with intentionally shooting dead Steenkamp and his bail was set at 1 million rand ($113,000). He admitted shooting her dead, but denies murder, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

The 26-year-old Paralympian, who made history by also competing in the Olympics last summer, has been ordered to hand over his passports, turn in any guns he owns, not leave the district of Pretoria without permission and refrain from drinking alcohol. He is due back in court on June 4.





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Pistorius to hold private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp (Image: AFP)
Bojana Janjusevic is based in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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