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Pistorius girlfriend's family says Reeva is 'back home,' private funeral planned for Tuesday

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)

JOHANNESBURG – The family of Reeva Steenkamp said Sunday her body was back in her hometown of Port Elizabeth after the model and reality TV contestant was shot dead inside the house of Oscar Pistorius. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday.

Adam Steenkamp, the brother of Pistorius’ late girlfriend, told The Associated Press “Reeva is back home.”

The family said that Steenkamp, who was shot multiple times and killed at the double-amputee Olympic athlete’s home early Thursday, will be cremated in a ceremony closed to the public and the media in the city on South Africa’s southern coast.

Pistorius was charged with her murder and is expected to make a second court appearance — also on Tuesday — for the start of his bail hearing. He remains in custody in a police station in Pretoria ahead of that hearing.

The 29-year-old Steenkamp was seen laughing and smiling on South African television Saturday night after national broadcaster SABC chose to air the first episode of a reality TV show in which she was featured. Her family said it did not oppose the program being aired because Steenkamp wanted people to see it and a short tribute to her was shown before the episode.

A fellow contestant on the “Tropika Island of Treasure 5″ show told AP Television News that Steenkamp “was always making sure everyone was OK.”

“Fun, crazy, loving, beautiful, gorgeous. She really was an angel and I still haven’t come to terms with what happened,” Katleho Molai said of Steenkamp. “I haven’t really eaten, I’m struggling to sleep. So it’s been really hard to come to terms with what’s happened to her.”

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Nastasya Tay of APTN contributed to this report.