Statement from Barry and June Steenkamp: “As the first anniversary of our beloved daughter’s death approaches

, we would like to thank all family, friends, the people of South Africa, and the world for their

compassion, kind words and comfort shown to us, and for the many letters of condolences we have received.

We understand and empathise with other parents and families who have lost a child or loved one through violence or abuse.

June and other family members will be at the trial in Pretoria. All we are looking for is closure and to know that our daughter did not suffer on that tragic Valentine’s Day. Reeva, who held such a passion for women’s abuse issues and frequently spoke out against domestic violence, intended to one day open an establishment where abused women would be cared for. Once the trial is over, we intend to start a foundation honouring Reeva’s p assions, which included helping the poor and abused.

Without offending the media, or any well-meaning persons, we would like to ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding.”

ENDS/

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