Johannesburg, South Africa – Accused murderer Oscar Pistorius is planning his own personal memorial service for his slain girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his home on Valentine’s Day.
“Oscar Pistorius will hold a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp at the house of his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, tonight [Tuesday night],” Vuma Reputation Management said in a statement obtained by News24.
“Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva.”
The statement also asked the media to respect the privacy of Pistorius.
“Since it is such a sensitive issue, Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own. The Pistorius family would like to make a personal request to the media, to please respect their privacy at their home in Pretoria tonight [Tuesday night].”
Pistorius’ service for his dead 29-year-old girlfriend wasn’t detailed, and it is unknown how many people are expected to attend. One week ago, a memorial service was held for Steenkamp in Port Elizabeth. Her body was cremated following a private service.
According to prosecutors, Pistorius and Steenkamp had an argument shortly before the model was killed. They are treating the case as premeditated murder, though Pistorius has denied such accusations. Vuma said that Pistorius “continues to grieve” for Steenkamp.
The 26-year-old track star known popularly as “Blade Runner” was released on bail, but ordered to hand over his passports, turn in any guns he owns, and stay away from his Pretoria home (the crime scene) reports The Huffington Post.
He is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol, and cannot leave Pretoria without his probation officer’s permission.
Do you think that Oscar Pistorius needs his own personal service to grieve Reeva Steenkamp, or could the move be considered disrespectful?