Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius with his his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg on Jan. 26. He was charged with murder last week.
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(USA TODAY) -- Oscar Pistorius and his family will hold a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp at his uncle's home Tuesday night.
Pistorius, who is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, was released on bail Friday. He is staying at his uncle's home in Pretoria, South Africa.
The family released a statement confirming the service. "Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva," the statement said.
"Since it is such a sensitive issue, Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own.
"The Pistorius family would like to make a personal request to the media, to please respect their privacy at their home in Pretoria tonight."
Steenkamp's family held a memorial service Feb. 19, the same day Pistorius first appeared in court for his bail hearing. Her body was cremated, the family said.
South Africans have been riveted by the case, which has taken several dramatic twists in the past week. Tuesday, Desmond Nair, the presiding judge in Pistorius' bail hearing, confirmed to the Associated Press that he is related to a woman who is suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide last weekend. Nair said the woman is his first cousin.
Last week lead investigator Hilton Botha was replaced on the case after his testimony seemingly dealt a blow to the prosecution's case. It was revealed that Botha himself faces charges of attempted murder stemming from a 2011 shooting.
On the second day of the hearing, Botha testified that police had found nothing inconsistent with how Pistorius had described shooting and killing Steenkamp.
On Sunday, Pistorius' family said his older brother, Carl, is facing a charge of culpable homicide related to a 2008 road crash. The family said the charge will be vigorously contested.