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Reeva Steenkamp Funeral Held As Oscar Pistorius Appeared In Court To Face Murder Charge (PHOTOS)

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Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late South African model Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium building in Port Elizabeth on February 19, 2013.
Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late South African model Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium building in Port Elizabeth on February 19, 2013.

The family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp gathered for her funeral in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Tuesday, according to Sky News.

The funeral service for the 29-year-old model, law school graduate and reality TV actress occurred as a prosecutor charged her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, with premeditated murder in her death. Steenkamp was fatally shot at the home of the double-amputee Olympic pioneer on Valentine's Day.

"There's a space missing inside all the people she knew that can't be filled again," Reeva's brother, Adam, told reporters outside the service, via CNN.

Steenkamp was cremated during a private service at the Victoria Park Crematorium in Port Elizabeth, according to The Mirror.

Meanwhile, Pistorius' defense lawyer, Barry Roux, refuted the prosecution's premeditated murder charge during a bail application hearing in Pretoria, saying the incident was an accidental shooting.

"We submit it is not even murder," Roux said on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. "There is no concession this is a murder."

Mixed with the mourners' tears at Steenkamp's funeral was a desire to see Pistorius held accountable for Steenkamp's slaying.

"Without a doubt. He's a danger to the public. He'll be a danger to witnesses. He must stay in jail. He's already shown how dangerous he can be for what he did to Reeva," Gavin Venter, an ex-jockey who worked for Steenkamp's father, told Reuters.

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