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June Steenkamp holds out for truth in death of her daughter

December 12th, 2014
12:51 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

As prosecutors in the case of Oscar Pistorious were this week granted the right to appeal the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, her mother said the only hope she has left is her search for truth.

“I just hope some truth comes out along the way. I'm hoping that it's a good thing because it's not dead yet, the case. It's not - you know, all through the case Reeva was deceased. They seem to forget that somebody actually died, actually,” June Steenkamp told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Friday.

State prosecutors will be able to challenge the acquittal on murder charges of the Olympic and Paralympic track star, who was sentenced in October to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend.

Pistorius maintains that he mistook the 29-year-old law graduate and model for an intruder before shooting repeatedly through a locked bathroom door, killing her almost instantly on Valentine’s Day last year.

June, who says she wrote her new book “Reeva: A Mother’s Story” as a tribute to her daughter, insists she doesn’t believe the athlete’s story.

“I mean, if you were lying in bed with your husband or whatever, and your wife, and you hear a noise and you think there's something wrong, the first thing you do, you don't call them and if there's no answer not worry about it.”

“You go and get hold of them and say, listen, there's a problem in the house. And you would keep that person with you to make sure that she was safe.”

June told Amanpour she felt “shock” as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down her verdict for culpable homicide.

“You've once got to remember what that judge, she's presented with the evidence, this big piece of the puzzle that I'm missing, we don't know everything. Only Oscar knows and Reeva's not here anymore.”

The judge concluded that, based on the evidence that was heard in court, the state had not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the double amputee was guilty of premeditate murder.

But Reeva’s mother thinks there were “too many question marks, too many… there were no witnesses. This is another problem. Only he knows what happened.”

June, who never saw Pistorius until the first day of the trial and has never spoken to him, said that if she did meet him she “would say to him, look what you've done to us. You've destroyed our lives.”

“You’ve taken my precious thing that we ever had in our lives. She was a gift from God to us. We doted on her. She doted on us.”

Going forward, Steenkamp’s mother said she is focusing on helping abused women, which was one of Reeva’s passions.

“Now we just want to - with the book and what we're going to do for now abused women, we're going to have her foundation, the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation against abuse of women.

“And also I'd like to help other people who are going through what we've gone through, my husband and I.”

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