Already, the Oscar Pistorius trial is shaping up to be one of the most fascinating and highly publicized ones in recent memory. Now comes word that Pistorius is planning to hold his own ceremony to honor his late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, but the motivation for the shooting and Pistorius' responsibility remain the focus of the impending trial for premeditated murder.
Pistorius has been released from prison on 1 million rand ($113,000) bail, and has said he wants a private memorial service to be held at the home of one of his family members.
"Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own," Vuma Reputation Management, which Pistorius has contracted, said in a statement, adding, "he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva."
Steenkamp's family has already held a memorial service for her in the South African city of Port Elizabeth. Her body was cremated after a private service. Pistorius is not permitted to leave his district of Pretoria without official permission, and was in his bail hearings at the time of her family's memorial.
In other Pistorius news, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, the judge in the case, announced that his family suffered a tragedy over the weekend. His first cousin is suspected of killing her two children and then committing suicide in Johannesburg. Investigators suspect that the woman killed the children, and later herself, by administering a poisonous substance.
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