June and Barry Steenkamp issue a statement on the one-year anniversary of daughter Reeva's Valentine's Day murder

By Elaine Aradillas
February 13, 2014 02:55 PM
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June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, who was allegedly shot to death by Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Feb. 14 last year, will attend his upcoming murder trial in South Africa.

“All we are looking for is closure and to know that our daughter did not suffer on that tragic Valentine’s Day,” Reeva’s parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, say in a joint statement.

“Reeva, who held such a passion for women’s abuse issues and frequently spoke out against domestic violence, intended to one day open an establishment where abused women would be cared for,” say her parents.

“Once the trial is over, we intend to start a foundation honoring Reeva’s passions, which included helping the poor and abused.”

The trial, to begin March 3, will take place in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. Pistorius, the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics, is charged with premeditated murder, illegal possession of ammunition, as well as two additional gun-related charges.

Details from the night of the murder remain hazy. Prosecutors say the athlete, now 27, killed his 29-year-old girlfriend after an early-morning argument.

But Pistorius’s attorneys say he thought there was an intruder in his home. What’s known for sure is Steenkamp was shot three times through a locked bathroom door.

He has remained free on bail this past year.