Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorious' Girlfriend, Remembered by Dear Friend

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Reeva Steenkamp was remembered recently by a dear friend, during an interview with the BBC. Kerry Smith attended college with Reeva. Tomorrow Oscar Pistorious--once called the Blade Runner for being the fastest man on no legs--will learn whether he is found guilty for murdering her, or is acquitted of his crime.

Kerry Smith called Reeva Steenkamp a 'small-town girl.'

"She was self-conscious. You would never think that but she was," Kerry said of the friend she knew long before she was twice voted among the "100 sexiest women in the world" for FHM magazine.

Smith also said her friend was determined to use her law degree in years to come.

"She always said modeling would not last - you need to have something to come back to," she told the BBC reporter, as they chatted in Port Elizabeth, where both Kerry and Reeva grew up.

"She was more than just a pretty face, she had a beautiful heart and ambition," Smith added.

Reeva Steenkamp died shortly after being shot by Oscar Pistorious on February 14, 2013. He shot her three times through the bathroom door. He denies having murdered her, saying he believed she was an intruder instead.

Kerry Smith was one of very few people to attend the small, private funeral for Reeva.

"There's no closure. We couldn't even view her body in the coffin," she said. One of the shots Oscar Pistorious fired at Reeva Steenkamp hit her in the head.

In a strange twist of fate, Kerry Smith explained how one of Reeva's passions was helping victims of domestic violence. In fact, the two had planned to open a law firm together to help domestic violence victims.

"She wanted to save everyone, wanted to protect everyone," Kerry Smith said during her BBC interview.

How ironic that the woman who wanted to save everyone died at the hands of what may well have been domestic violence. Despite what the courts decide tomorrow, it seems Kerry Smith has already made up her mind. She seems to believe without any doubt whatsoever that Oscar Pistorious murdered Reeva Steenkamp--her very dear friend.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.