Reeva Steenkamp with her best friend, Sam Greyvenstein
As Reeva Steenkamp was laid to rest last week, her boyfriend, Oscar “Bladerunner” Pistorius, sobbed in the dock. Their mysterious – and undoubtedly tragic – story has been hitting headlines around the globe since the events unfolded on Valentines’ Day – but no one has been left in greater shock than Reeva’s best friends, who spoke exclusively to Grazia last week.
“I can’t get my head around it,” said Sam Greyvenstein, Reeva’s best friend, told Grazia. “Reeva was happy with Oscar. Everyone will say the same thing. I know him well – we all travel in the same circles. And nobody suspected that anything was out of order.”
Yet, speculation around the case is rife. Pistorius maintains his innocence, affirming that he mistook Reeva for an intruder in a sworn statement. But if what the prosecution allege is true, Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder, a charge which carries a sentence of life imprisonment.
Sam and Gina Myers, who together formed part of Reeva’s substitute ‘family’ where she lived in Johannesburg, struggled to comprehend the allegations as they gathered at their friend’s favourite salon and home-from-home, Pulse, last week.
Reeva and Sam
Pulse owner Annie Philippeos said that Reeva seemed excited and in love. “She adored him,” Annie told Grazia. “He adored her. It’s the craziest thing. They were really happy. He would come in to say hi, and when he walked out she would tell all the stylists how mad she was about him. She was so happy – it’s bizarre.”
In fact, their relationship appeared to be thriving. In a statement read out to the court Sam said that Reeva, who was 29, “would have married Oscar if he’d asked her”, and that he treated her “like gold”.
For Gina, the loss is immeasurable. “Can you imagine losing your best friend and roommate?” she asks. “I’m going to miss her laugh. I’m going to miss coming home and hearing her yell out, ‘Hello’. She’d always do that if she was home first.The thought that I’m never going to hear her do that anymore – never hear her speak again – terrifies me. She was like a sister. Reeva was the kindest person with an amazing heart. She didn’t deserve this.”
Annie adds that the irony of her friend's fame is almost too much to take.
"All she wanted was to be famous,” she said. “And her career was just about to explode. Now, I turn on the BBC, I turn on Sky News and I see her face. The irony is that now, she’s famous all over the world. Her dream was realised overnight – but in a truly unthinkable way.”
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