Reeva Steenkamp’s parents release poignant photo on her 32nd birthday

The family of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, have released a poignant photo on what would have been her 32nd birthday.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Sharing a snap of their daughter when she was a fresh faced 14-year-old, June and Barry Steenkamp paid tribute to Reeva, who lost her life on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The budding model was just 29 when she was shot multiple times by Pistorius, who claims he mistook Reeva for an intruder in his home, firing at her through a locked bathroom door.

Oscar shot Reeva through a locked bathroom door

Family and friends gathered in their home town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to scatter rose petals in the sea and to remember their loss.

On Reeva’s birthday it was also announced that Pistorius would not be released on parole this Friday, as originally planned, due to the Justice Minister’s intervention.

This is because the athlete had not yet served a sixth of his sentence when the decision was made, so may now have to face more months inside before he will be eligible for parole.

Close friend of Reeva, make up artist Gina Myers, shared a touching tribute to her friend on Wednesday, writing: ‘My Alfi. Happiest birthday to the angel in the sky. To the girl who made everyone who cried, laugh, and everyone laughing cry. To the wonder women and beauty you always will be…and to my best friend. I miss you more everyday. Love you always.’

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