Model Reeva Steenkamp was murdered in cold blood Thursday night at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a South African sprint runner famous for competing in races despite being a double amputee. She was found severely injured, shot four times, and soon perished of her wounds – and Pistorius was arrested and charged with her murder.
Her last wish expressed to family and friends was to watch her upcoming South African Broadcasting Corp reality show, Tropika Island of Pleasure – showing the late Steenkamp laughing, smiling, and enjoying herself in Jamaica last year.
Sharon Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin, said that the model was "proud of being in the show" and asked her family to be sure to watch it.
While Steenkamp’s family had not been contacted to determine whether they should still air the program, they personally were not opposed to having the show broadcast on Saturday.
"Her last words to us personally was that she wants us to watch it," said Sharon Steenkamp.
Steenkamp is well-known in South Africa as a bikini-wearing men’s magazine model and for her appearances in many commercials. She met Pistorius on November 4 at the Kyalami race track, which has been used for Grand Prix and Formula 1 races.
Relatives were distraught at the slaying.
"I can't see the family getting over this shortly," Reeva's uncle, Mike Steenkamp said. "It's going to be a long, long-term reconciliation with a lot of things and issues."
"I think the way that you go out, not just your journey in life, but the way that you go out and the way you make your exit is so important," Steenkamp says in portions of the show released early on Saturday. "You either made an impact in a positive or a negative way, but just maintain integrity and maintain class and just remain true to yourself.
"I'm going to miss you all so much and I love you very, very much."