The show must go on, according to the creator of Tropika Island of Treasure 5.
The producer of the South African reality show, Samantha Moon, issued a statement, announcing that pre-taped series, which features Reeva Steenkamp, who was murdered on Thursday, will indeed air on Saturday as planned.
“Reeva was an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman, and we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally,” Moon says in the statement.
“Every episode that she is in, every frame that she so ably dominates – shines with her light and her laughter echoes in every conversation, and we want to share these special memories with the rest of South Africa.”
In addition, Moon says, this week’s episode of Tropika Island “will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory, coupled with a special tribute to her.”
The model’s boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, 26, has been charged with her murder. A weeping Pistorius appeared in court Friday morning, where prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder. In a statement released on Friday afternoon, his family disputes the killing in the “strongest terms.”
Steenkamp’s death has left her show crew “absolutely devastated,” as Moon goes on to say in another statement.
“Reeva was a wonderful human being and an extremely talented and intelligent woman. Her kind and loving spirit was evident to all who knew her and her zest for life will be truly missed,” she says.
Reeva will be cremated at a private ceremony in Port Elizabeth, her family tells PEOPLE. And they plan to tune in to Tropika when it premieres.
“Reeva would’ve liked us to watch it,” her uncle, Mike Steenkamp tells PEOPLE. “She indicated that before the tragedy.”
• Reporting by MIKE BEHR