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Girlfriend hoped for 'blessed' day
The "vibrant" girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, who was shot dead at his home, was a top model and "child of God" who was looking forward to Valentine's Day.
The relationship between Reeva Steenkamp, 30, and Pistorius - the Posh and Becks of South Africa - tragically ended on the day lovers celebrate, with the famous Olympian and Paralympian at the centre of a murder investigation.
In her own words on her Twitter biography, she describes herself as the following: "SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God."
Just yesterday Miss Steenkamp was active on Twitter, and in response to an invite asking her to visit and share cakes today, she said: "I'm there like a bear!!! Yayyyy!!!! X"
The model also expressed her excitement for Valentine's Day on Twitter, saying: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay".
In response to someone else's plans for the day, Miss Steenkamp replied: "That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!"
On February 1, she tweeted to Pistorius telling him he was "beautiful".
She wrote: "He certainly doesn't need more followers but he's beautiful to look at & says some smart stuff too ;)"
Miss Steenkamp's former headmaster Greg Stokell told the South African Press Association she was popular and respected by all.
"She was a vibrant, friendly, diligent, and motivated student who was popular with and respected by staff and peers alike," he said.
"The St Dominic's Priory school community in Port Elizabeth is both shocked and saddened by Reeva Steenkamp's sudden and tragic death."
Mr Stokell said the model achieved recognition for her good academic results, her participation in hockey and swimming, and in her capacity as a house captain.
She graduated with a law degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
"From young, Reeva had the full support of her parents who encouraged her to maximise her strengths and abilities to achieve her dreams.
"She set high goals for herself in everything she did and she consistently converted opportunities into success," he said.
The school conveyed condolences to Miss Steenkamp's family.
"They are devastated by the loss of their daughter, but do not have any further comment," he said.
This weekend, Miss Steenkamp was set to star in South African reality television series Tropika Island Of Treasure, in which celebrities and ordinary people compete in remote, exotic locations in a variety of daily challenges.
On the show's website, a tribute to Steenkamp says: "We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva's family and friends."
The website also carries a profile of the star, describing her as someone who "prefers to read a book on her off days".
It says Miss Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and moved to Port Elizabeth as a child where she continued her studies and graduated with a degree in law.
Named the first face of cosmetics giant Avon South Africa, according to the profile, she has since shot some of South Africa's leading campaigns and commercials, and was working on some "major projects".
The website says she was working on "smaller TV roles as well as a lead in a new reality TV show".
It continues: "Reeva has a passion for cars and cooking and prefers to read a book on her off days and spend quality time with friends and family."
On her instagram site Miss Steenkamp's last entry four days ago showed a cartoon female face being hit by a hand, and was accompanied by: "I woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals in SA. RIP Anene Booysen."
A post on the same site two weeks ago shared a poster detailing the joys of finding love. The poster read: "It's beautiful when you find someone that is in love with your mind.
"Someone that wants to undress your conscience and make love to your thoughts.
"Someone that wants to watch you slowly take down all the walls you've built up around your mind and let them inside."