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Reeva Steenkamp's hometown furious with verdict so far

The community where Reeva Steenkamp grew up says they want the family to get closure.

The Barking Spider, the Steenkamp family's pub in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - In Port Elizabeth (PE) where Reeva Steenkamp grew up, some residents are refusing to speak about the judgment, out of respect for the family, while others are furious.

Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Almost everyone in the area where the model spent her teenage years has met either her parents or grew up with her.

The community says they want the family to get closure.

Many are refusing to comment, but others have spoken out in anger saying Pistorius will pay for what he did one way or another.

Close family friend Tyrone Rees McLachlan said, "If this man walks our whole justice system is a joke. What kind of money can bring a life back? There is none, there will always be that hollow part in your heart."

McLachlan joined other residents who say they have lost faith in the justice system.

Furthermore, another friend of the family and father of murdered Pretoria teenager Zanele Khumalo, Themba Khumalo, says he sympathises with the anguish of the Steenkamp family during this time.

Khumalo's daughter, Zanele was raped and murdered by her boyfriend Thato Kutumela who has since been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Since meeting the Steenkamps earlier this year, Khumalo says his family has been a source of encouragement for the model's parents.

He says while nothing can erase the pain of losing a child, but a fair judgment might help the Steenkamp family gain closure.

"It's possible that the athlete might be convicted of culpable homicide which will come with a lighter sentence and that will break the hearts of the family."

Meanwhile, the Steenkamp family will be watching with great anticipation this morning as to whether Pistorius will be convicted of culpable homicide, which could result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

For more on the trial, click here, or visit the live EWN Oscar Pistorius blog.

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