Pistorius' girlfriend cremated in private ceremony

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Reeva Steenkamp's coffin was draped in a white cloth and carried by six pallbearers at a private funeral Tuesday, just a few hours before Oscar Pistorius said in a court affidavit that he mistakenly killed his girlfriend by shooting her through a bathroom door.

Reeva's uncle, Mike Steenkamp, broke down crying after the cremation ceremony under gray skies in the family's hometown of Port Elizabeth, saying between sobs: "We are here as a family and there's only one thing missing and that's Reeva."

Family and friends gathered inside the white crematorium, which had a "Strictly Private" sign outside, to pay tribute to the law graduate, model and budding reality TV star.

Pistorius said in his affidavit he loved her as much as anyone. Prosecutors argue he intended to kill her.

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