Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympian gold medalist who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, said the “pain and sadness” consumes him with sorrow on the anniversary of the incident.
“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,” Pistorius, 27, said in a statement on his website today. “The pain and sadness, especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.”
The track star, known as “The Blade Runner” because of his J-shaped prosthetic running blades, was indicted for murder and possession of ammunition after shooting his girlfriend Steenkamp dead on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, last year. The runner says he thought Steenkamp was an intruder at his Pretoria home. Pistorius was the first amputee runner to compete in an Olympic Games in 2012 in London.
A foundation, honoring Steenkamp, will be set up to support the poor and abused, her parents said in a separate statement this week. “We understand and empathise with other parents and families who have lost a child or loved one through violence or abuse,” they said.
Pistorius’s murder trial will start in the Pretoria-based North Gauteng High Court on March 3. He will also face charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act.