Pistorius to remain in custody

The Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is to remain in custody overnight after being charged with murder having allegedly shot dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. He will appear in court tomorrow.

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Reeva Steenkamp was a 'rising star' in modelling world

Reeva Steenkamp has been described by her publicist as a "rising star" whose international career was set to blossom. Credit: Capacity Relations
The model had already led campaigns and commercials for some of South Africa's biggest brands. Credit: Capacity Relations
The law graduate became the face of several products, including Avon cosmetics and Toyota cars. Credit: Capacity Relations

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Reeva Steenkamp described as 'angel on earth'

Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been described as "the kindest, sweetest human being" and "an angel on earth who will be sorely missed" in a tribute from her publicists.

We can confirm that Reeva Steenkamp has passed away. We are in communication with people on the scene, please wait for official statements, as there is too much speculation at this moment in time. We will provide further information as soon as we are able to provide accurate information as to what transpired.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the Steenkamp family, who have asked to have their privacy respected during this difficult time, everyone is simply devastated. She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth who will be sorely missed.

– Sarit Tomlinson, MD of Capacity Relations

Friend pays emotional tribute to Reeva Steenkamp

A friend of Reeva Steenkamp has broken down in tears as she made an emotional tribute to the South African model outside Oscar Pistorius' home where she was shot dead.

Mashadi Motsogi, a fellow model, told the South African Press Association she heard news of the death on Twitter and attempted in vain to call the Olympic amputee athlete.

It was only on my way to campus when I saw journalists come in front of the estate, when I realised that it might be true, that she might be dead. I know Oscar stays here. When I called here, he did not reply. He did not answer my call.

– Mashadi Motsogi

Miss Motsogi said she has "lost a friend." She described Miss Steenkamp as a "friendly person, always willing to help other people" and said she looked to the model for advice.

She also said Miss Steenkamp's death in a secure complex did not make sense.

Look, security here is safe. We moved to this area for security reasons. It does not make sense to me that my friend was shot, mistaken for an intruder.

– Mashadi Motsogi

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Murder suspect Pistorius 'sad' after girlfriend's death

Oscar Pistorius' father has said his son is "sad" following the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Speaking to SABC radio, Henke Pistorius said he knows "nothing" about the fatal shooting incident which has seen his son charged with murder.

It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate. I don't know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He's sad at the moment.

– Henke Pistorius
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