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    Pistorius: 'Consumed With Sorrow' Over Girlfriend Shooting

    FILE - Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa for his bail hearing, February 22, 2013FILE - Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa for his bail hearing, February 22, 2013
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    FILE - Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa for his bail hearing, February 22, 2013
    FILE - Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa for his bail hearing, February 22, 2013
    February 14 marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of South African model Reeva Steenkamp, at the hands her boyfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius.  On the anniversary, Pistorius made his first public statement about the shooting.

    His Twitter account had been silent since Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013.

    Early Friday, he used his account to make his first public statement on her death.

    In a message posted at about 1:00 a.m., he wrote, "A few words from my heart on oscarpistorius.com."

    On his website, his statement reads: "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 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."

    Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013.Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013.
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    Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013.
    Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013.
    The trial of the double-amputee athlete, widely known as the "Blade Runner," is set to begin March 3rd.

    The state argues that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp, shooting her as she hid in a bathroom at his Pretoria home.

    Pistorius' attorneys call the shooting an accident, saying he was convinced there was a burglar in his home, and he shot and killed Steenkamp mistakenly.

    Tuesday, Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, issued their own statement, offering gratitude for the outpouring of grief and compassion from people around the world.

    "We understand and empathize with other parents and families who have lost a child or loved one through violence or abuse," they said.

    They said they are looking for closure through the trial and intend to start a foundation in their daughter's honor that serves the poor and abused.

    Friday morning, the African National Congress Women's League marched in Pretoria, some carrying signs that said Pistorius should rot in jail for killing Steenkamp.

    The women's league protested outside of Pistorius' bail hearing last year, using the high-profile case to talk about the larger issue of violence against women in South Africa.

    Pistorius has been out on bail since he was initially arrested, though he has kept a low profile in the last year.

    • Olympic and Paralympic running star Oscar Pistorius stands during court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court, August 19, 2013.
    • Oscar Pistorius cries as he prays with his sister Aimee and brother Carl in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2013.
    • A man holds signs ahead of the court proceedings of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates court, August 19, 2013.
    • A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp as she leaves her funeral in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, February 19, 2013.
    • Oscar Pistorius weeps in court at his bail hearing in Pretoria, February 15, 2013.
    • Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, November 4, 2012.
    • A newspaper vendor sets up his stall outside court ahead of Pistorius' court appearance in Pretoria, February 15, 2013.
    • Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar, attends his brother's court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013.
    • This aerial image taken from video provided by VNS24/7 shows the home of Oscar Pistorius in a gated housing complex in Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2013.
    • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2013.
    • Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning the men's 400 meter final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, September 8, 2012.
    • Pistorius celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men's 400m T44 classification during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, September 8, 2012.

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    by: Alpha from: New York
    February 14, 2014 11:42 AM
    She does not deserve death

    by: Chau Thanh Huyen from: Vietnam
    February 14, 2014 11:01 AM
    Poor her!

    by: dale from: california
    February 14, 2014 10:06 AM
    This happened in South Africa,but in the US, 54% of gun homicides (9000 a year) are among family and acquantances, and homes with guns have a nearly 3 times higher chance of a gun death than homes without.

    This story illustrates how the myth that guns provide safety
    more often backfires with accidents or family/friend murders than it provides safety against intruders.

    In the US, about 4500 family/friend gun murders take place each year as against about 100 justifiable homicides.

    I dont know if he is guilty or not, but I do know that if he had not had a gun, his girlfriend would be alive. One more case in which guns backfire.
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    by: Brock MacLean from: Vancouver, Canada
    February 14, 2014 4:38 PM
    Agree with you, but I also like to point out that there are lots of gun-owners here in Canada, but the vast majority of them own rifles, not hand guns or restricted firearms, and many are just plain prohibited here. I dont have the stats handy, but I do know there are far fewer homicides here in Canada than in the US, although with imparted handguns, that figure is growing here also. Most gun owners here in Canada buy a guy for hunting and dont even consider protection. Hens the majority live in small towns or farmers.

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