JOHANNESBURGO (AP) — La mujer muerta a tiros en la casa del velocista olímpico de piernas amputadas Oscar Pistorius era una modelo egresada de la escuela de leyes, y una empresaria comprometida con el fortalecimiento de las mujeres.

Reeva Steenkamp iba a dar un discurso inspirador el jueves en una escuela de Johannesburgo.

Se había convertido en una celebridad por sus propios méritos, dijo la publicista Sarit Tomlinson. Fue una de las 100 mujeres más sexy de la revista FHM por dos años consecutivos, apareció en anuncios publicitarios locales e internacionales y fue una de las personalidades concursantes en el programa "Tropika Island of Treasure" filmado en Jamaica. También era el rostro de la firma de cosméticos Avon en Sudáfrica.

La pecosa rubia que apareció en bikini en portadas de revista y se paseó por pasarelas mundiales de la moda estaba "rompiendo continuamente con el estereotipo de una modelo", dijo Tomlinson.

Steenkamp era "el ser más dulce y bondadoso, simplemente angelical" y al mismo tiempo "un individuo muy inspirador, muy apasionado al hablar de las mujeres y de su empoderamiento".

La policía dijo que murió tras recibir cuatro disparos en las primeras horas del Día de San Valentín. Dijo que sólo Steenkamp y Pistorius se encontraban en la casa del atleta en un complejo privado en Pretoria, la capital. Pistorius fue arrestado bajo un cargo de asesinato y el viernes tendrá que presentarse a una corte. La pareja comenzó a salir hace unos meses.

Una ola de mensajes en honor a Steenkamp inundaron la internet. Su publicista dijo que tenía 29 años, pero según la policía tenía 30.

La mañana del jueves, Steenkamp tenía previsto dar un discurso motivacional a estudiantes de una escuela en Johannesburgo. "Era sobre empoderamiento e inspiración y qué te inspira y cómo perseguir tus sueños", dijo Tomlinson, quien tenía las notas de Steenkamp para el discurso.

En Twitter, Steenkamp escribió un mensaje exhortando a las mujeres a alzarse contra las violaciones y también expresó su ilusión sobre el Día de San Valentín.

"¿Qué tienes bajo la manga para tu amor mañana?", tuiteó. "Debe ser un día de amor para todos".

Su último tuit fue una entusiasta aceptación de la invitación de una amistad a celebrar el día con magdalenas de chocolate y lluvia de corazones rojos.

Unas horas antes de morir retuiteó el siguiente mensaje: "VISTAN DE NEGRO ESTE VIERNES PARA PRONUNCIARSE EN CONTRA DE LAS (hash)VIOLACIONES".

Steenkamp alentó a sus miles de seguidores en la red social de microblogueo a luchar contra la violencia hacia la mujer. Hace cuatro días, cuando la violación y asesinato de una joven de 17 años horrorizó a Sudáfrica, escribió: "Me desperté en un hogar seguro y feliz esta mañana. No todo el mundo lo hizo. Pronúnciense contra la violación de individuos en Sudáfrica. QEPD Anene Booysen".

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    CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF REEVA This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeva Steenkamp, during a photo shoot. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. (AP Photo/Ice Model Management) EDITORIAL PURPOSE ONLY

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    Reeva Steenkamp (left) and Oscar Pistorius arrive at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    Reeva Steenkamp (left) and Oscar Pistorius arrive at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Frankie Boyle

    The tragedy is that if Oscar Pistorius had no arms, this would never have happened

  • SportsCenter

    BREAKING: Oscar Pistorius, Olympic double-amputee runner arrested. Police say he shot and killed a woman at his home in South Africa.

  • Yasmin Jaouane

    RT @kelkulus: Oscar Pistorius has apparently shot and killed his girlfriend. Nike should probably drop this ad… http://t.co/HUKLowwX

  • Mojoyoyo

    RT @Gobierno_Espana: Pistorius está dando pie a muchos chistes.

  • Lauren Edwards

    Pistorius apparently mistakes his girlfriend for a burglar? are you serious? #asif #comeoffit

  • SHANELL RAYGOZA

    Can't believe I found this particular http://t.co/k5kAKzOs #HappyValentinesDay Oscar Pistorius

  • Nico Ernst

    RT @revogt: Der an beiden Beinen amputierte Sportler Pistorious wird möglicherweise gegen Kaution auf freien Fuss [sic!] gesetzt http://t.co/HbBlmtxM

  • Rafizal SmoochieCake

    Oscar Pistorius - an inspiring person that he compete @ the Olympics despite his disability but his mistake turns him into the worst person.

  • Marco Zatta

    RT @NDJ_Official: Sad news about Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius today. Inspiration for many disabled athletes. Prayers are with both families

  • Dee X Gay

    Love my job I laughed so hard I almost peed my pAnts and laughed till I cried! Oscar Pistorius http://t.co/bIjtCcpA

  • Umar Wilshere

    Heartbreaking news about Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend. Hope she rests in peace. Such a horrible story.

  • Daniel Kaiser

    Lance Armstrong, Pistorius... La se vão os grandes nomes