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Pistorius girlfriend's mom to paper: 'Why did he do this?'; says all family wants is answers

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii-HO)The Associated Press

The mother of the model shot dead at Oscar Pistorius' house says the family wants answers following her Valentine's Day killing.

June Steenkamp was quoted by the Times newspaper in South Africa in a front page interview Monday asking: "Why my little girl? ... Why did he do this?"

She says of late daughter Reeva, a model, law graduate and Pistorius' girlfriend, "she loved like no one else could love" and "just like that, she is gone."

Double-amputee athlete Pistorius, an icon in South Africa and a star of last year's Olympics, remains in custody in a Pretoria police station charged with Steenkamp's murder after she was shot multiple times inside his home.

He will reappear in court Tuesday, the same day as Steenkamp's private funeral in her hometown.