Victim spoke out about violence against women

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JOHANNESBURG -- The model tweeted that Valentine's Day should be "a day of love for everyone."

Instead Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in the home of her boyfriend, superstar paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who was charged with her murder.

Steenkamp, a South African model with a law degree, campaigned against rape and violence against women.

Thursday morning, she was to give an inspirational talk at a Johannesburg school.

The next day she was going to wear black to protest the brutal rape and mutilation of a 17-year-old.

She was one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for the past two years, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was to make her debut next week as a celebrity contestant on the reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure filmed in Jamaica. She was also the South African face of Avon cosmetics.

She was "continuously breaking the model stereotype," said her publicist Sarit Tomlinson.

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