Reeva SteenkampModel / Murder Victim
Born: 19 August 1983
Died: 14 February 2013 (shot to death)
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Best known as: The South African model killed by Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius in 2013
Reeva Steenkamp is the model who was shot to death by her boyfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, at his home in South African on the morning of 14 February 2013. Pistorius was sent to prison for her killing the next year. Reeva Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and went to college at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2005. A striking blonde with blue-green eyes, Steenkamp had begun modeling at age 14, and her career took off after college. She joined the ICE Models agency, appeared as a cover girl for FHM magazine, and appeared in South African ads for Avon cosmetics and Sivana Diamonds. In November of 2012, Reeva Steenkamp began dating Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic racing legs. Pistorius was one of South Africa's most famous athletes, having run on the South African team in the 2012 Summer Olympics. That made it all the more shocking when Steenkamp was shot to death at his home in a gated community near Cape Town on 14 February 2013. Police arrested Pistorius almost immediately on charges of murder; prosecuters later said that Steenkamp had locked herself in the bathroom of Pistorius's house, and Pistorius shot his 9mm pistol through the bathroom door and killed her. Pistorius's legal team did not deny the bathroom shooting but argued that it was not murder, and his family has suggested that Steenkamp's death was somehow a tragic accident. Pistorius was denied bail in an early hearing, but was later released on bail. His trial began early in 2014. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, the South African equivalent of manslaughter, on September 12, 2014. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but released to house arrest after about a year. However, in December of 2015, a South African appeals court ruled that Pistorius was indeed guilty of the higher charge of murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. The court ordered that Pistorius be resentenced.
Reeva Steenkamp was 171 cm tall (5 feet, 7.5 inches) tall, with blue-green eyes and a shoe size of 39.5 EU (8.5 US), according to her page from the ICE modeling agency… Shortly before her death, she filmed a reality TV series called Tropika Island of Treasure 5; the first show was broadcast as scheduled a few days after her death… On her Twitter account, Reeva Steenkamp described herself as an “SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God.”
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