Pistorius: Girlfriend's family devastated

Pretoria - The family of Oscar Pistorius's deceased girlfriend has been left “devastated” by her death, a close family friend told City Press on Thursday.

Pistorius has been taken into police custody for shooting and killing a woman in his home, apparently his girlfriend. She has been named in various media reports as model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

Beeld reported that according to a police spokesperson, her family were seen outside Silver Woods Country Estate where the shooting occurred.

Condolence messages streamed in on Twitter and Steenkamp's Facebook page from fans and friends, with many expressing shock and horror at her death.

“A life cut short too soon... praying for peace for both families...” a fan said on Steenkamp’s Facebook page.

“Heartbroken for Reeva Steenkamp's family and for Oscar Pistorius.This highlights how unsafe most South Africans feel...” former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam tweeted.

“To die at the hands of the one who loves you...mentally crippling for those who live to tell the tale! #ReevaSteenkamp #RIP," Dineo Ranaka tweeted.

Listen to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale confirm how they were alerted about the shooting and arriving on the scene.

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thembimasotobe.sibiya 2013/02/14 10:33:13 AM
Very sad story, condolences to her family
mxolisi.zuma.58 2013/02/14 10:36:30 AM
Its unfortunate for him, what a tragic incident. My condolences to her family 'n friends. Oscar it was unintentionally as it appeared be strong you don't desrve this either her.
solomon.shingange.9 2013/02/14 10:39:34 AM
My condolences. May God be with the family of Reeve Steenkamp. I'm so shocked, especially she a woman who had a very bright future ahead. May her soul rest in peace. Well, lets allow the law to take effect, this should not happen again. Its devastating seriously. Be strong in the Lord, He will see you through.
Bulagi Fhatuwani 2013/02/14 10:45:29 AM
Desiree Kemp 2013/02/14 10:46:56 AM
Another young life taken before it's time :( A sad symptom of a lawless and Godless country. Reeva, may you rest eternally in the arms of the angels. I pray only strength, acceptance and a positive future for her family and loved ones. Oscar, the worst day of your life continues. I pray a God's peace and love for you.
stella.phiri2 2013/02/14 10:52:39 AM
its so sad for what happened.
Ian Robert Reid 2013/02/14 10:54:57 AM
Sorry 4u Oscar and both families ~ such a tragedy our thoughts and our prayers r wih u??
Monique Naude 2013/02/14 11:02:27 AM
I don't know what to believe any more!? I think the first report shouldn't even have been published until the media actually knew what the real story was. In the first report it said Ms. Steenkamp was shot twice, now other reports say 4 times. So the information is just too sketchy to actually release information. I think we are all (including me) so quick to jump up and either defend or diss an accused. Take Hansie Cronje as an example. He was the scapegoat for SA cricket, and it only just came to light that he was burnt at the stake for things his fellow cricketers also did, by his so called friends who tried to save their own backsides. I suppose the best thing to do is wait for the official comments from police. I just think it is such a terrible tragedy for everyone closely involved. :(
marge.desouza 2013/02/14 11:03:48 AM
My condolences to her family. May the Lord give you the strength.
Peter Sabatha 2013/02/14 11:06:17 AM
indeed sad story.but why four times.shooo madoda.