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