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Oscar Pistorius: Grief of Girlfriend's Mother
The mother of Reeva Steenkamp, who was allegedly murdered by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, has asked: "Why my little girl?"
Speaking out for the first time about the death of her 29-year-old daughter, June Steenkamp told the Times of South Africa: "She had so much of herself to give and now all that is gone - just like that, she is gone.
"In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here.
"All we have is this horrendous death to deal with ... to get to grips with.
"All we want are answers ... answers as to why this had to happen, why our beautiful daughter had to die like this."
She said: "Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?"
Gold medal-winning Paralympian Pistorius was arrested and charged last Thursday with the premeditated murder of Miss Steenkamp, a model who he had been dating since November.
Miss Steenkamp's father Barry said on Sunday he did not hate Pistorius following his arrest.
More than 100 people are expected to attend an hour-long memorial service for the law graduate on Tuesday.
She will be cremated in her home town of Port Elizabeth, in a private ceremony for family and friends.
Well-wishers have already begun placing bouquets of flowers outside the family home.
Thousands of people saw her appear in a TV programme on Saturday night after her family said they wanted the broadcast to go ahead.
There had been controversy over the airing of Tropika Island of Treasure as Miss Steenkamp talked about how making the right 'exit' was important.
The broadcast went ahead after the programme makers said they had been told that the family wanted it to be shown.
Her uncle Mike Steenkamp said the family had been overwhelmed with offers of help.
Police have said Miss Steenkamp was shot four times in the early hours of Thursday by a pistol owned by Pistorius and died of her wounds at the scene.
His family has insisted that the evidence will refute "any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all".
Pistorius, 26, who broke down sobbing in his first court appearance on Friday, has built up a powerful team of lawyers, medical specialists and public relations experts for his defence.
Stuart Higgins, a former editor of The Sun newspaper, whose lengthy list of clients includes British Airways, Chelsea FC and Manchester United football club, will be handling Pistorius' public relations.