Oscar Pistorius Posts Statement on Anniversary of Girlfriend's Death

The South African track star will face trial for Reeva Steenkamp's murder next month.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on Aug. 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius reflects on the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, one year later.

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One year after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was fatally shot in his apartment, South African track star Oscar Pistorius – a double amputee athlete who became internationally famous after competing in the 2012 Olympics and the chief suspect in her death – posted a statement on his website early Friday morning, mourning the anniversary:

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 pain and sadness – especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.
The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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Pistorius is expected to stand trial in Pretoria’s High Court early next month, charged with the murder of Steenkamp – who was a model and a law school graduate – and for violating some of South Africa’s firearms laws. Pistorius allegedly shot Steenkamp through his locked bathroom door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. However, he has said he mistook her for an intruder. Per South African law, his case will be decided by a judge rather than a jury. The proceedings are expected to last about three weeks and his trial is already being compared to O.J. Simpson's murder trial in terms of the media attention it will likely draw.

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Both Pistorius’ and Steenkamp’s families had asked for privacy ahead of the anniversary of her death. Steenkamp’s parents also said they planned to start a foundation in her honor that would focus on helping the poor and abused.


CNN also released previously unseen photos of the couple taken in the months before her death on Friday.