Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
SATURDAY, 19 APR 2014
02:20 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
International
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Pistorius 'consumed with sorrow' year after shooting lover dead
Agence France Presse
This photo taken from the Oscar Pistorius official website, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, shows a message by the Olympian athlete Pistorius, center, on the anniversary of the Valentines Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
This photo taken from the Oscar Pistorius official website, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, shows a message by the Olympian athlete Pistorius, center, on the anniversary of the Valentines Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
A+ A-

JOHANNESBURG: South African Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius said Friday he was consumed with "sorrow" as he marked one year since he shot dead his 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," said Pistorius breaking his long silence since he shot dead his model lover -- an aspiring actress.

"The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life," he said in the message signed simply "Oscar".

He also posted a link to the message on Twitter, describing it as "A few words from my heart". It was the first time he has used his official account on the social networking site since February 12, 2013, two days before the shooting.

Steenkamp's relatives will gather on Friday in private to mark the anniversary of her death.

"We will release balloons in her memory," her uncle Michael Steenkamp told AFP. "They will be red and white, her favourite colours."

The function will be near Cape Town, "away from the city and the concrete jungle", he said, adding her parents and brother would not attend.

Saying that "nothing will ever be the same", Steenkamp's mother June, who lives in Port Elizabeth east of Cape Town, told The Times newspaper that she would attend next month's trial.

"Yes, I will be at the trial. For me, for us and for Reeva, but it will not bring back our beautiful baby," she said.

"It never gets easier. In fact, it only gets worse."

In two memorial adverts in the classified section of the Cape Times newspaper, family members paid tribute to "our angel in heaven".

"We miss you so very much but know that you are in the arms of our Lord," said relatives in Cape Town.

Family based in the United Kingdom said: "We will never forget that tragic Valentine's Day. God came and picked His most beautiful flower to take to heaven."

The Valentine's Day horror sent shock waves around the world, polarising crime-weary South Africa around whether one of its national heroes was guilty of murder, or whether it was 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 fibreglass 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.

But details of his reckless past and love of fast cars, beautiful women and guns emerged in the media after he shot Steenkamp.

One newspaper dubbed him the "Blade Gunner".

Pistorius will also answer charges for discharging a firearm on two separate occasions before Steenkamp's death.

The case has halted his participation in athletic events and ended lucrative endorsement deals with US sportswear giant Nike and French cosmetic firm Clarins.

 
Home International
 
     
 
South Africa
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
South African Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius said Friday he was consumed with "sorrow" as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident.

He also posted a link to the message on Twitter, describing it as "A few words from my heart". It was the first time he has used his official account on the social networking site since February 12, 2013, two days before the shooting.

Steenkamp's relatives will gather on Friday in private to mark the anniversary of her death.

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.

Pistorius will also answer charges for discharging a firearm on two separate occasions before Steenkamp's death.
Related Articles
 
 
Distraught Pistorius apologises for killing girlfriend
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Friday April 18, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS