Oscar Pistorius pained by Reeva Steenkamp shooting anniversary

Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, stands during court...

Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, stands during court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court on Aug. 19, 2013. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/Files)

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, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, awaiting trial for the shooting death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, posted a message online on the one-year anniversary of her passing.

Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner, stands accused of fatally shooting Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, after allegedly mistaking her for an intruder at his home in Pretoria.

"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," he wrote on his official website, oscarpistorius.com. "The pain and sadness -- especially for Reeva's parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.

"The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

The 27-year-old's murder trial, which begins in March, will be broadcast on South African TV 24 hours a day.

Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry, also spoke on the anniversary, announcing plans to launch a foundation in her memory.

"Reeva, who held such a passion for women's abuse issues and frequently spoke out against domestic violence, intended to one day open an establishment where abused women would be cared for," they said in a joint statement. "Once the trial is over, we intend to start a foundation honouring Reeva's passions, which included helping the poor and abused."

Both are hoping the upcoming court proceedings will help them find "closure."


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