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Reeva Steenkamp's Father Dies, Pursued Justice Against Oscar Pistorius
Barry Steenkamp, father of the late Reeva Steenkamp who was murdered by South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, has passed away at age 80. The Steenkamp family lawyer confirmed his death on Friday, stating Barry died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday night.
The Reeva Steenkamp Foundation, established by her family after her shocking killing by Pistorius on Valentine's Day 2013, announced his passing with "heavy hearts." It said he would be remembered with love and fondness, and is now reunited with his beloved daughter Reeva in death.
Barry was a pained, grieving figure during Pistorius' sensational murder trial for fatally shooting model Reeva four times through a locked bathroom door in his home. Pistorius claimed he mistook her for an intruder but was convicted of murder in multiple appeals and sentenced to over 13 years in prison.
Steenkamp Faced Pistorius at Parole Hearing, Demanded Confession
Last year, Barry directly confronted Pistorius face-to-face at a victim-offender meeting after the athlete applied for parole. Steenkamp urged Pistorius to finally confess he intentionally killed Reeva in a fit of rage after an argument. But Pistorius stuck to his contested version of mistakenly shooting her.
Barry maintained Pistorius should remain jailed for life for the apparent rage killing he has yet to admit. He and his wife June initially forgave Pistorius but later advocated against his release after concluding he deliberately murdered their daughter.
The Steenkamps argued at Pistorius' March 2022 parole hearing that he was not yet eligible for release from his 13-year sentence. Authorities ruled the convicted murderer will only be considered for parole in August 2023, a decision Pistorius is challenging.
A Traumatic 10-Year Quest for Justice for Reeva
On the 10th anniversary of her tragic killing this February, Reeva's parents said Pistorius intentionally shot her and deserved to stay imprisoned. The protracted legal saga has prevented closure for the Steenkamps.
Barry told the Daily Mail he asked Pistorius to reveal the truth so he could be free, but realized he was "wasting my time. He is a murderer." The family's foundation vowed to honor Reeva's life by campaigning against gender violence.
Reeva Steenkamp's Senseless Loss in a Violent Valentine's Day Killing
Only 29 when she died, Reeva was a lawyer and model with a bright future ahead. Her fatal shooting rocked South Africa and became one of the most heavily publicized criminal cases in the post-apartheid era.
Several aspects made the Killing Especially Wrenching
- The Valentine's Day timing on what should have been a romantic night
- Reeva being gunned down by her famous athlete boyfriend at his home
- Four gunshots fired through a locked toilet door where she hid
- Pistorius' dramatic fall from grace and lengthy trials
- Ongoing controversies over his disability, rage and parole
A decade later, the needless loss of her life remains difficult to comprehend. Barry Steenkamp's passing closes another painful chapter in the quest for justice for Reeva.
Summarised from the original article by - apnews.com
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