updated 02/19/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/19/2013 AT 7:45 AM ET
With her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius in court 600 miles away, slain model Reeva Steenkamp was laid to rest in her south-coast hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Tuesday – cremated at a service attended by devastated friends and family.
“Everyone is sad, understandably, but at certain points we were smiling whilst remembering Reeva, because we only have good memories of her,” he added.
One family friend, Gavin Venter, told Reuters that Pistorius, 26 – who is being charged with premeditated murder – should not be granted bail.
“He’s a danger to the public. He’ll be a danger to witnesses. He must stay in jail,” said Venter. “He’s already shown how dangerous he can be for what he did to Reeva.”
Pistorius is accused of shooting Steenkamp, 29, to death through a closed bathroom door.
The “Blade Runner” athlete claimed Tuesday that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. “I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” he said. “I heard a noise in my bathroom … I felt a sense of terror.”