Social media users turned to Twitter on Sunday, February 14 to commemorate the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who was killed eight years ago on Valentine’s Day.
In 2013, 29-year-old Steenkamp was killed by her partner, Oscar Pistorius, in his home in Pretoria. Pistorius shot Reeva through the bathroom door, claiming he thought she was an intruder. He was first convicted of culpable homicide and later the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned this conviction and convicted him of murder.
The trial grabbed the attention of followers throughout the world and was televised globally. Pictures of her bloodied body were too much for most to handle and her family were tortured by details of her untimely death.
Steenkamp was a well-known public figure, she modelled for FHM and became the first face of Avon South Africa. She also worked as a paralegal and had applied to the bar in 2011, aiming to become a qualified lawyer.
Since her death, Steenkamp has come to represent the horror of the gender-based violence pandemic in South Africa. Intimate partner violence is among the most common forms, with women being abused or murdered by their partners with alarming frequency.
Her death has again become the topic of discussion as Pistorius is soon to be considered for parole in 2023. This has angered many who don’t believe he should be released.
8 years ago today We lost Reeva steenkamp ❤️ pic.twitter.com/URl8xkittf
— 2021 AFRICA (@2021AFRICA) February 14, 2021
Remembering Reeva Steenkamp on this day and anyone else that died at the hands of their partners.
Gone but not forgotten 🙏🏼🕊❤ pic.twitter.com/TRlldc2Ea2
— Sheldon Cameron (@sheldon_cameron) February 14, 2021
— MduZero11 (@MduZero11) February 14, 2021
Remembering Reeva Steenkamp
Murdered by Oscar Pistorius February 14, 2013.
He’s scheduled to be released from prison in March 2023.
Ladies, if this guy pops up on tinder in a couple of years, swipe left. pic.twitter.com/Bk0DuTwKtv
— PeteysBookClub (@PeteyR13) February 14, 2021