PORT ELIZABETH: Amid the grief, some mourners at South African model Reeva Steenkamp’s funeral today demanded punishment for her boyfriend, Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with her murder.
A hearse took Steenkamp’s body to the Victoria Park Crematorium in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth for a private funeral attended by more than 100 relatives and friends.
While the funeral was being held, Pistorius was at a bail hearing in a Pretoria court about 900 kms (560 miles) to the north, where a prosecutor said he fired four shots last week at a cowering Steenkamp through a bathroom door at his luxury home.
Pistorius’s lawyer said there was no murder case.
In Port Elizabeth, friends of Steenkamp walked up a path to the crematorium, some holding hands or carrying flowers.
After the hour-long ceremony, relatives stood outside and friends paid their condolences, hugging Steenkamp’s parents, in the serene wooded area dotted with tombstones.