Pistorius' slain girlfriend mourned at memorial service

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 11:07 AM

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — The girlfriend of South African double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius has been mourned at a memorial service, even as prosecutors and lawyers for Pistorius spelled out their competing versions of her shooting death in a courtroom in Pretoria.

Six pallbearers carried the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into a church for a private service. The coffin was draped with a white cloth and covered in white flowers.

Steenkamp had campaigned actively against domestic violence. She had tweeted that she planned to join a protest by wearing black in honor of a 17-year-old girl who was gang-raped and mutilated two weeks ago.

After today's memorial, her uncle Mike Steenkamp -- the family's spokesman -- said that what his niece had stood for, in fighting against abuse of women, had "gone right around." He said, "I think the Lord knows that statement is more powerful now."

A study by the Medical Research Council finds South Africa has some of the world's worst rates of violence against females, and the highest rate in the world of women killed by an intimate partner.

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GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, stands following his bail hearing, Pretoria, South Africa, graphic element on white (19 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO ASVZ108: A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, as she leaves her funeral, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. The defense lawyer says it was an accidental shooting. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) (19 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ASVZ113: Adam Steenkamp, centre left, the brother of Reeva Steenkamp, walks with family members after attending her funeral, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. The defense lawyer says it was an accidental shooting. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) (19 Feb 2013)

<<APPHOTO ASVZ113 (02/19/13)>>

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