JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic athlete who faces a murder trial next month, marked Valentine's Day with what he said were a few words from his heart.
The double-amputee runner, who has lived in virtual seclusion while on bail, said he was consumed by sorrow for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home a year ago on Friday.
The rare statement from Pistorius was posted on his website, which carries photographs of the track star in his prime. One image shows him smiling broadly, surrounded by children giving a thumbs-up sign. Another shows him lifting the South African flag in triumph after a sprint.
"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," said Pistorius, who told a court last year that he shot Steenkamp because he mistook her for a nighttime intruder. Prosecutors allege the track star intentionally killed her after an argument.
"The pain and sadness — especially for Reeva's parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow," Pistorius said. "The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
Pistorius also tweeted a link to his website alongside the phrase: "A few words from my heart."
His last tweet was about his foundation work on Feb. 11, 2013, three days before he killed Steenkamp in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours. The murder trial starts March 3 in Pretoria, the capital.
The statement Friday from Pistorius, 27, was unusual because his uncle, Arnold, has normally been quoted in statements from his camp, which has sought to shield the runner from intense media and public interest in a case that transfixed many people around the world.