JOHANNESBURG: South African Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius said on Friday that he was consumed with “sorrow” as he marked one year since he shot dead his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in what he maintains was an accident.
The world-famous double amputee, 27, shot Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door, claiming he mistook her for an intruder at his upmarket Pretoria home.
However the track legend known as “Blade Runner” goes on trial for premeditated murder on March 3.
“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 wrote on his personal website.
“The pain and sadness—especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.
He also posted a link to the message on Twitter, describing it as “A few words from my heart.”
The Valentine’s Day horror sent shockwaves around the world, polarizing crime-weary South Africa around whether one of its national heroes was guilty of murder, or a heartbreaking accident.
Steenkamp, a blonde cover girl and law graduate, was shot in the head, elbow and hip through the locked bathroom door of Pistorius’s home.
The athlete, who earned his nickname for the fiberglass prostheses he uses in competition, was born without calf bones and had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.
He catapulted to fame at the 2012 London Olympics as the first double-amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes.