“Ever since Reeva’s death I have spent my time on my veranda, at two or three in the morning. I smoke my cigarettes. I think of Reeva every day, every day of my life, morning, noon and night … I talk to her every day in my head … my daughter.”
— Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, U.K. Guardian, July 6
On Feb. 9, 2013, Reeva Steenkamp retweeted this tweet from @Relationship: “When you fall in love with someone’s personality everything about them becomes beautiful.”
Five days later, she was shot four times through a bathroom door by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, in his upscale gated neighbourhood in Pretoria, South Africa.
The day before, Steenkamp had retweeted this tweet:
“WEAR BLACK THIS FRIDAY IN SUPPORT AGAINST #RAPE AND WOMAN ABUSE #BLACKFRIDAY”
Gates can’t keep violence out if it dwells within them.
An actor, model and law graduate, 29-year-old Steenkamp advocated against relationship violence and