Initial reports said that, Oscar, 26, mistook the 30-year-old model for an intruder and then allegedly opened fire,. However, per the New York Times , police announced there had been "previous law enforcement complaints about domestic incidents at his home."
But just who was the blond beauty whose life ended far too soon? Here's everything you need to know about Reeva Steenkamp.
She Was a Top Model: Well-known in South Africa, Reeva modeled swimsuits and was featured in as one of FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World." She was also the face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa.
She Was No Stranger to the Small Screen: Reeva was a contestant on Tropika Island of Treasure 5, a reality show set to begin airing Saturday in her home country.
She Was Religious: In Reeva's Twitter bio, she described herself as a "Child of God." Two weeks before her death, she Instagrammed a note to God saying, "I need you. Every day, every moment, every second that I breathe, I need you. I am not strong enough on my own. Amen."
She Was Beloved by Friends and Family: The model frequently posted pictures of her friends and family. Just two weeks before she was killed, she Instagrammed a collage of "Some of my favourite people," which included a shot of Oscar. Per the BBC, her agent described her as "an absolute angel—the sweetest, sweetest, sweetest human being."
She Knew How to Shoot a Gun: Months before she was killed my gunfire, Reeva posted an Instagram photo showing off her skills with weapons. "Shooting Games this morning! :)," she wrote. "I feel less stressed now."
She Loved Animals: Reeva Instagrammed a photo of a sleeping cat, describing the animal as "my beautiful boy milk." She also encouraged her friends and fans to "adopt rather than shop" when choosing a pet, and posted photos of cats and dogs who needed homes.
She Was a Romantic: The day before her death, Reeva tweeted about Valentine's Day. "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???" she wrote. "#getexcited #ValentinesDay"
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reeva's friends and family.