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The family of Reeva Steenkamp is speaking out following the verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case after the athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide Friday.

Their verdict: Justice was NOT served.

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Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. By now you know how this relationship tragically, devastatingly ended.

"This verdict is not justice for Reeva," her mother, June Steenkamp, told NBC News in an interview. "I just want the truth... She died a horrible death."

"[It was] a horrible, painful, terrible death, and she suffered, you know? And he shot through the door and I can't believe that they believe that it was an accident."

Her father, Barry Steenkamp, added, "it wasn't just disbelief on our minds. I think it was disbelief on everyone's, on most people who have been following the case."

"I just don't feel that this is the right sentence, you know?" June Steenkamp added. "They believe his story, and I don't believe that story. That's the difference."

Pistorius was found not guilty of murder, the most serious offense he could have been charged with, as the judge felt the evidence did not support it.

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Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the 2013 death of Reeva Steenkamp, one day after being found not guilty of murder.

Culpable homicide, or negligent killing, is different from murder or premeditated murder, and will likely carry a lesser sentence. How much lesser?

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who previously found Pistorius not guilty of murder, will make that decision, and a wide range of options could be on the table.

Pistorius could receive anything from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing, to be announced at a later date.

The athlete was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges stemming from the shocking slaying of Reeva Steenkamp, his live-in girlfriend.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in his Pretoria home.

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Having remained silent throughout his months-long trial, the judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder case reached a verdict to decide the Olympic athlete's fate Thursday:

Pistorius cannot be found guilty of intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp, the judge ruled. As such, under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of "murder."

The proceedings continue, and Pistorius faces other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide, that could still land him behind bars. But not for murder.

The verdict came from Judge Thokozile Masipa alone, as South Africa does not have jury trials. The 66-year-old said she did not come to her decision lightly.

Pistorius gunned down girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, in what defense lawyers say was a terrible mistake, believing she was an intruder.

State prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder, but a lesser murder charge or negligent killing, both of which call for years in jail, were also on the table.

Experts pointed to Masipa's record of tough action against criminals who victimized women as indicators that she would not be easily swayed by Pistorius' dubious story.

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The defense has rested in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, but we likely won't see a verdict handed down until mid-August at the earliest.

In the meantime, the South African Olympic hero is a free man, and while hanging out in the VIP room of a Johannesburg club last night, Pistorius was reportedly involved in a violent altercation with another patron. 

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TMZ reports that an unidentified man began to question Pistorius about his trial, and Pistorius instigated the violence by poking the man in the chest.

The man responded by shoving the double-amputee sprinter, causing him to fall to the floor.

Pistorius curently stands accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend of three months.

His reps don't deny that the fight took place,  but they claim that Pistorius was simply defending himself against an unprovoked assault.

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Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand on Monday in South Africa and apologized to the family of Reeva Steenkamp for shooting her to death last year.

Weeping and speaking in a quavering voice, he described a life of insomnia and panic since the night of February 14, 2013, when he killed his girlfriend.

The double-amputee track star, 27, says it was a tragic error.

Investigators say otherwise, and he faces at least a 25-year sentence if convicted of premeditated murder in the shooting of the law graduate and model.

Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius

“I want to start by apologizing to Reeva’s family,” Oscar Pistorius said, barely able to answer his lawyer’s questions. “I was simply trying to protect Reeva.”

He has denied the murder charge, saying he believed he was shooting an intruder inside his home when he fired four rounds through a locked bathroom door.

Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was locked inside.

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Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend, allegedly sent text messages conveying her fear of the Olympic sprinter charged with her murder.

Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend told the South African athlete she was sometimes afraid of him, complaining that he had a short temper and was jealous.

All this in the weeks before he killed her in February 2013, according to phone messages revealed at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday.

"I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u will react to me," Reeva Steenkamp texted him, police Capt. Francois Moller said.

In another message Steenkamp wrote: "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating u AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from."

Moller said that from Steenkamp's phone he obtained more than 1,000 exchanges with Pistorius on WhatsApp and other phone messaging applications.

Moller cited as evidence two BlackBerry phones, two iPhones, two iPads and a Mac from Pistorius' house the day after he killed Reeva Steenkamp.

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Oscar Pistorius threw up in court Monday, often, as a pathologist detailed the injuries Reeva Steenkamp sustained when Oscar shot her through a locked door.

The Olympic track star, currently on trial for murder, was given a bucket to vomit into during testimony in South Africa, and he used it quite frequently.

When he wasn't booting, Oscar Pistorius was seen rocking back and forth in his seat, crying and covering his ears with his hands throughout the testimony.

The graphic testimony was pretty gruesome stuff by any measure.

Professor Gert Saayman detailed the bullet wounds he found on Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius' girlfriend who he killed on Valentine's Day 2013, following her death.

The prosecution witness testified in detail about how the 29-year-old model was shot on the top of the head, in the right elbow, in the right hip and left hand.

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For Oscar Pistorius, the beloved athlete who went from inspiration to murder suspect, Valentine's Day 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of his girlfriend's death.

The South African, a double amputee who became a global sensation at the 2012 London Olympics, has been charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

The 27-year-old wrote Friday in a statement:

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"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva."

"The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day ... the pain and sadness, especially for Reeva's parents, family and friends, consumes me with sorrow. "

"I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

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South African sprinter and fallen global hero Oscar Pistorius was formally indicted early Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition.

He was charged in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty.

The man known as the "Blade Runner," due to the blade-shaped prostheses he wears in competitions, was informed that his trial would begin  March 3.

Because South Africa does not hold trials by jury, a judge will preside over the trial and will render a verdict in the 26-year-old's stunning case.

Pistorius says he mistook his his girlfriend of several months, Steenkamp, for an intruder and shot her through a locked door the night of the murder.

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Oscar Pistorius is apparently feeling sorry for himself while awaiting trial for shooting his girlfriend, and wishing other people would share that sentiment.

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The embattled South African track star's family issued a statement essentially complaining about celebrity gossip tabloids and his many social media critics.

Pistorius family says they are pained by the "disregard that is being shown by some ... for the profound pain that Reeva’s family and friends are going through."

That would be his slain GF Reeva Steenkamp. But their sympathy doesn't end with her. Oscar's family says that despite being free on bail, life is tough:

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