Reeva Steenkamp was a young woman in love, tweeting about her excitement ahead as Valentine's day approached. But the night turned to tragedy when her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius shot and killed her at his home. For the last two months her parents, June and Barry, have been struggling to cope with their loss. In this issue, they remember their daughter and talk frankly about the man who killed her.
June on Reeva's love of life:
'She led a very exciting life and tried to do everything. It's almost as if she knew she had only a little time in which to get everything done.'
June on her daughters's relationship:
She was mad about him. She said he was a 'very very good man'.
'It's very difficult for me to understand how things have come to this.'
June on her grief:
'My biggest regret is that Reeva will never have a wedding day. She'll never have a child. This is forever. It's the end.'
June on domestic violence:
She doesn't believe the relationship was abusive; 'she would have done something about it,' she says, but adds that Reeva cared deeply about domestic abuse. June now plans to set up a shelter for abused women in Reeva's memory.
June on Oscar:
She says he should never have held a memorial service for her. 'He still has to answer for this,' she says, 'I don't want anything from him. What could he say to me? My daughter is dead and nothing is going to change that. I don't ever want to see him.'
Barry on Oscar:
Reeva's father says he had a bad feeling about the relationship from the start. He wants to look Oscar in the eye one day. He doesn't know what he'd say to the athlete; 'I just feel it's necessary for closure.'
For the full report, pick up this week's copy of Grazia, out today!