"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 27-year-old wrote Friday. "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."
Pistorius, the first double-amputee to run in the Olympics, will stand trial on March 3. The track star was arrested and later charged with premeditated murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison before the chance of parole. Pistorius repeatedly denied the allegation, claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder; the Paralympian shot the 29-year-old beauty four times through a locked bathroom door. A judge will deliver a verdict, as there is no trial by jury in South Africa.
Pistorius, who is out on bail, will also face two additional charges of firing a gun in a public space.