Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pose for a selfie.
Pistorius, the legendary South African runner known as the "Blade Runner," is
accused of the Valentine's Day 2013 murder of Steenkamp.
"48 Hours": Oscar Pistorius: Shots in the Dark
Reeva Steenkamp, a model, aspiring actress and law school graduate
was fatally shot by her boyfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, on
Valentine's Day 2013.
Steenkamp, who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of
women, was shot four times in the pre-dawn hours in Pistorius' home, in a
gated community in Pretoria, South Africa.
The advice Reeva Steenkamp never got to give
Oscar Pistorius is seen leaving the
Pretoria High Court on April 17, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.
The legendary "Blade Runner," an example of courage to the world, leads the South African delegation as flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Pistorius is now on trial for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius met Nelson Mandela in October 2008 after winning three gold medals for the 100 meter, 200 meter and
400 meter sprints in the Beijing Paralympics, establishing a new Paralympic record
in the 400 meters.
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins
gold in the men's 400 meter final at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Pistorius, the first amputee to run in the Olympics, is charged with
premeditated murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reena Steenkamp, before
dawn on Feb. 14, 2013.
Pistorius, 27, says the killing was accidental
because he thought his girlfriend was a dangerous intruder when he shot
her through a bathroom door in his home.
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius had only been dating a few months before her death.
"It was the story of a man who overcame incredible disability ... and
then met an incredibly talented and beautiful woman. Fell in love. And
then tragedy struck," said friend Jen Su.
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius seemed like the kind of couple dreams are made of.
"People saw them and thought, 'Wow, they're so attractive,'" Vanity Fair writer Mark Seal said. "They were like stars."
Steenkamp poses with a friend in 2005, after graduating with a law degree from
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Steenkamp, age 15, at her first modeling shoot in 1999.
Reeva Steenkamp, shown here modeling, made her move to TV, appearing in the South African reality show "Tropika Island of Treasure 5." The series started airing two days after her death.
Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,
at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg in Jan. 26, 2013.
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius
attend the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2013 held at Emperors Palace on
Feb. 7, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is photographed for the April 2012 issue of Marie Claire France in Paris, France.
Pistorius poses in his racing blades for Heat Magazine in South Africa in April 2011.
With his blades, the double amputee would win races around the world and became an iconic symbol
to his country -- and to the disabled community everywhere.
"He set the track on fire. It was the most amazing thing," said teammate Samkelo Radebe.
Video: Meet the man who designed Pistorius' blades
would go on to be the first double-amputee athlete to compete against
Video: Teacher recalls how a young Pistorius started running
Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, pose for a photo at Melrose Arch in
Johannesburg in Jan, 26, 2013. Their friend, Jen Su, says Oscar was "definitely in
love" with Reeva.
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Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp are photographed at a friend’s engagement party.
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius seen in
a picture posted to Steenkamp's Twitter account.
Reeva Steenkamp modeled from
age 14, but she would also study law. She was ambitious, compassionate
and politically aware.
Credit: Personal photo/Twitter
Oscar Pistorius, 18, is pictured outside of Pretoria Boys High School.
His former headmaster, Bill Schroder, says Pistorius was a "non-athlete." A knee injury forced Pistorius to start running at the track as part of his rehab.
Video: Headmaster on how Pistorius started running
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Ironically, before her death Reeva Steenkamp was becoming active in speaking out about violence against women.
"Be brave ... See the positive ... Make your voice heard" -- Reeva's own words from a speech she was to give at a girls school the Valentine's Day morning she died.
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