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:
"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."
Oscar Pistorius will stand trial on March 3. The track star faces the charge of premeditated murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Pistorius repeatedly denied the allegation, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her four times through a locked bathroom door.
A judge will deliver a verdict in the case, as there is no trial by jury in South Africa.
Pistorius, who is out on bail, also faces charges of firing a gun in a public space.