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Pistorius to hold private memorial for girlfriend

Published: 7:58AM Wednesday February 27, 2013 Source: ONE News

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius will hold a private memorial service today for the girlfriend he is charged with murdering.

Pistorius, 26, missed attending Reeva Steenkamp's funeral last week as he faced the first day of his bail hearing.

Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, was cremated in her hometown, the southern city Port Elizabeth, last Tuesday.

Pistorius was released on bail last Friday and is due back in court on June 4.

The memorial service will be held at his uncle's house in Pretoria, according to Pistorius' official website, which has been transformed to a media hub following the events of the past weeks.

"Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva," his publicist said in a statement.

"Since it is such a sensitive issue, Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own," the statement said.

The statement added: "The Pistorius family would like to make a personal request to the media to please respect their privacy at their home in Pretoria tonight."

Prosecutors say Pistorius shot Steenkamp in cold blood late on the night of February 14.

Pistorius says he fired four shots into a locked toilet door in the mistaken belief that an intruder was lurking behind it.

He faces life in prison if convicted.