Oscar Pistorius Called Friend Before Authorities After Reeva Steenkamp Shooting, Model's Family Has "No Hatred In Our Hearts"
Oscar Pistorius was shedding tears long before his trip to the courtroom on Friday, Feb. 15 -- calling best friend Justin Divaris and sobbing in the moments immediately after his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot, the UK's Sunday People reports.
According to the British newspaper, the 26-year-old Olympian reached out to Divaris, a chief executive of luxury car sales firm Daytona Group, in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 14, saying that "Reeva had been shot."
"I said to him, 'What are you talking about? I don't understand you,'" Divaris told the paper. "He then repeated himself -- 'There has been a terrible accident, I shot Reeva.'"
The businessman then detailed how he spoke with his distraught friend's neighbor and immediately rushed to Pistorius' gated estate with his girlfriend Sam in tow, only to find the home blocked off.
"It was very traumatic," he said. "By the time we got there it was already a crime scene and we weren't allowed in the house. But we could see Reeva through the door lying there covered in blankets and towels at the bottom of the stairs."
"[Oscar] was totally incoherent and just kept saying, 'My baba, I've killed my baba. God take me away,'" Divaris continued. "It is so sad. I introduced Reeva to Oscar. She was a really good friend of mine too and actually had been a friend longer. … I don't understand exactly what happened but the truth will come out."
Pistorius broke down in tears in a South African courtroom the following day, on Friday, Feb. 15, after being charged with premeditated murder.
Mike Steenkamp, the 30-year-old model's uncle, told Us Weekly that the entire family "is still in a state of disbelief" over the situation.
"There are so many questions, so many things we need to know before we can start making sense [of the situation]," Steenkamp told Us. "We have each other and everyone is sticking together and supporting each other. We try and find comfort in the fact she is in a better place now … that's all you can do."
A private funeral for the South African beauty is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, back in her hometown of Port Elizabeth.
Her father Barry Steenkamp spoke out to the UK's Mail for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 17, and expressed his grief over his daughter's tragic death, but said that the family has "no hatred" in their hearts toward Pistorius.
"He must be going through things that we don't know about," he told the paper. "There is no hatred in our hearts."