Reeva Steenkamp’s grieving parents want a private meeting with their daughter’s killer Oscar Pistorius in the wake of his sensational acquittal of her murder.
Barry and June Steenkamp, who had never met the champion athlete before he killed their beloved daughter, say they are now ready to talk with him.
And the couple have told of their disbelief at the Judge’s shock decision to acquit Oscar Pistorius of the premeditated murder and murder of the 29-year-old model, instead finding him guilty of culpable homicide.
The Steenkamp family had reacted with shock when Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled there was not enough evidence to find Pistorius guilty of murder.
The couple have told America’s NBC News that they want to meet the athlete.
In an interview after the verdict Mrs Steenkamp said her daughter had died a “horrible, painful, terrible death”.
“And I can’t believe that they believe that it was an accident,” she said in her first interview after the judgment, adding she didn’t care what happens now.
“I really don’t care what happens to Oscar, it’s not going to change anything because my daughter is not going to come back … She is gone forever.”
“I just don’t feel that this is the right (verdict),” Mrs Steenkamp said.
She told ITV News that the family was shocked and disappointed at the court’s decision.
“There is still something missing,” Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp told ITV News.
“I think there was more to the whole story, you know, coming up to the actual shooting, the killing,” he said.
Reeva Steenkamp’s relationship with Pistorius was only three months old when he shot and killed her in the toilet of his home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He insisted that he mistook her for a burglar when he fired the four shots into the locked toilet and this week the court accepted his version of events. He said he thought she was still in bed and that he was dealing with an intruder in his home.
The Judge accepted this version.