Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Must Keep Reeva in Our Hearts, Say Family at Her Funeral

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Must Keep Reeva in Our Hearts, Say Family at Her Funeral

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Byline: Brian Hayward

REEVA STEENKAMP'S devastated friends and family gathered for her funeral today.

Six pallbearers carried her coffin, draped with a white cloth and covered in white flowers. Mourners, including father Barry and mother June, comforted each other outside the crematorium in Port Elizabeth, before the casket was carried inside.

Among them was rugby player Francois Hougaard, the South Africa rugby international whose friendship with Miss Steenkamp may have caused tension between her and Pistorius, local media have claimed.

Police stood at the door as more than 100 mourners from across the world attended the private ceremony. They included South African celebrities who knew the model from her TV work, and local political figures.

Her brother Adam said after the service: "Everyone is sad, but at certain points we were smiling, because we only have good memories of her. There's a space inside all the people that she knew that cannot be filled again. …

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