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REEVA Steenkamp was an avid Twitter user.
She tweeted about her friends, her holidays, her reality TV gig and about her active social life. She also tweeted about the man who would ultimately kill her, Oscar Pistorius.
And 19 months after her death, her Twitter account is still there — like a public memorial to the young woman who had touched so many lives.
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It reveals the many facets of the glamorous young model and law graduate’s life before it ended shortly after 3am on Valentines Day last year.
One of her last ever tweets, before she was shot dead in the toilet cubicle of her champion athlete boyfriend’s home was a retweet which said this:
— LindiweSuttleINSTRAG (@lindiwesuttle) February 13, 2013
She was referring to the next day, which had been dubbed Black Friday, in memory of 17-year-old Anene Booysen, who had been raped and mutilated in South Africa earlier that month in a case which had focused on the problem of violence against women.
Steenkamp had been due to give a speech on Valentines Day to a group of school girls which was to include her personal story of being in an abusive relationship (previously to Pistorius) and to urge them all to be brave and positive.
She never got to tell the students about where she came from and the paths her life had taken.
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She had studied law in her native Cape Town before deciding to purse modelling as a career and moving to Johannesburg.
She was successful. She scored a job as presenter on FashionTV, was on the cover of FHM magazine and had gigs as the face of cosmetics companies.
And only days after her death she was to make her debut on a reality TV show called Tropika Islands of Treasure.
Her last ever tweet told her followers to tune into The Link TV Show for a sneak peek of her performance.
It was the last message she would ever send.
Earlier she had tweeted excitedly about Valentines Day — What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow.
And hauntingly, on February 9, she said this: Woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals.
The messages, in support of domestic violence and rape victims intersperse with messages about social events she is at, her friends, new skincare products she is trying and the man she called “my boo” — the Blade Runner, Pistorius.
Steenkamp was a celebrity on the rise in her right before beginning her relationship with Pistorius in about November of 2012.
They then became regulars on the social scene, regularly photographed at up-market events.
She had remained close to her family, with reports that she supported her parents and had regularly sent them money. Her mother June says she has forgiven Pistorius but is reported to have said that justice was not done in the court this week.
Family members say that Mrs Steenkamp intends to carry on with her late daughter’s plans to help female victims of violence.
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