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Reeva's Mom: Pistorius Never Slept With My Girl

June Steenkamp says daughter planned to leave him that night
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2014 3:30 PM CDT
Reeva's Mom: Pistorius Never Slept With My Girl
June Steenkamp, mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, attends Oscar Pistorius' sentencing at a court in Pretoria, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

(Newser) – Reeva Steenkamp's mother says the 29-year-old South African model "was scared to take the relationship to the next level" with Oscar Pistorius, so she never slept with the man who eventually killed her, the Sunday Times reports via the New York Daily News and the BBC. In the memoir Reeva: a Mother's Story, June Steenkamp says Pistorius and Steenkamp were together for several nights but never went all the way. "She had confided to me that she hadn't slept with him," says June, whose book is being serialized by the Times and is out Nov. 6.

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"There's no doubt in our minds that she decided to leave Oscar that night," says June. She adds that "something went went horribly wrong, something upset her so terribly that she hid behind a locked door with two mobile phones," the Independent reports. According to June, a jealous, "trigger-happy" Pistorius shot her daughter and fired three more bullets so she "couldn’t tell the world what really happened." June goes on to describe the athlete as "pathetic," "moody," "shifty," and "arrogant." (Read more Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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