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Newmarket/Pretoria: Brother of model Reeva Steenkamp allegedly shot dead by Oscar Pistorius flies to family

PUBLISHED: 11:41 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 15 February 2013

Shot: Reeva Steenkamp

Shot: Reeva Steenkamp

THE DEVASTATED brother of model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at the home of superstar sprinter Oscar Pistorius, has jetted out to be with his family.

South African althlete Pistorius, dubbed the “blade runner”, appeared in court this morning charged with murdering the FHM cover girl at his Pretoria mansion at around 4am yesterday.

The 26-year-old broke down and wept uncontrollably in court as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against him.

Speaking from Adam Steenkamp’s home in Moulton, near Newmarket, his wife Victoria said Reeva had been a “much-loved” sister.

She added: “As you can imagine we are deeply shocked at the news from South Africa. Reeva was a much-loved sister to Adam. She was happy and full of life – a wonderful person to be around.

“We ask that we are left alone to deal with this tragic incident in privacy.”

Mr Steenkamp, who works with the clinical medical team at the University of Cambridge, had previously told the Daily Record that he had never met Pistorius.

He said: “I love my sister very much and am deeply upset.

“I didn’t know Oscar. I have never met him and I didn’t go to the Olympics.

“My sister has only been seeing him very recently. Everything was positive at the time and she sounded happy the last time we spoke.”

Mr Steenkamp added: “My family are devastated. It’s my little sister and it’s tragic.

“As far as I know, we haven’t formally identified the body yet.”

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