Reeva's uncle, Michael Steenkamp, broke down in tears when describing to reporters what a close-knit family she belonged to and how all of her relatives had been due to celebrate Christmas together.
He said that Reeva had spoken about her desire to become an activist fighting abuse against women in the months before her death.
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In Berwick-upon-Tweed - the town at the northern-most tip of England - history has taught them that no border necessarily lasts forever.
His car was about to get towed away. But he had other ideas.
He fell 30 feet to the floor. But despite the drama, it appeared the show must go on.