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.