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Reeva Steenkamp to be cremated tomorrow

Monday 18 February 2013 19:59


The late model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

The late model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.(REUTERS)

Model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp will be cremated in a private ceremony in her hometown of Port Elizabeth tomorrow. She was allegedly shot and killed by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Her parents have declined to comment since the news of her death. A statement will be released after tomorrow's service.

Steenkamp's private memorial service will be held in a small chapel that seats less than a hundred people and attendance will be by invitation only.

Her friends are still in a state of shock. A friend since their teenage years, Inga Nedft, says she can not believe Reeva is gone. "You phone her phone and she does not answer and you realise it is her, obviously I did not know her relationships and how it went, it is tragic. She should have not gone that way at all."

From her early teens Steenkamp graced the fashion pages. Former fashion editor Barbara Robertson says: "Reeva has gone long before her time. The world will be a dull place without her, I think my feelings are now with her parents."

One of her first photographers, Mark West, believed her to be special.  "One of those people where you meet them and you immediately know there is more to this person than another person, not that one is greater than another but she was very special," says West.

Following the intense media scrutiny over the weekend, the Steenkamp family seems to have gone to ground, their Seaview home deserted.

Despite the memorial service being private, a large contingent of local and international media have arrived in Port Elizabeth.

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