Oscar Pistorius breaks his silence on Reeva

Pistorius has posted a message on his website a year after the fatal Valentine's Day shooting.

A screenshot from the Oscar Pistorius website with the message he posted on 14 February 2014. Picture: OscarPistorius.com

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius has broken his silence exactly one year after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home.

Today marks the first anniversary of the Valentine's Day shooting which shook the world.

To mark the first anniversary of the shooting, Pistorius released a brief statement on his official website which he claims is "from his heart":

"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."

But overnight, he posted the message on his website and tweeted the link to his almost 300,000 followers.

The reaction to the paralympian's statement has been mixed.

Those who support Pistorius see this as further proof of his torment while sceptics argue the message is a calculated move by his publicity and legal teams ahead of the trial.

The words "devastating accident" are central to Pistorius's defence.

On this day a year ago, a valentine's gift wrapped in red, white and silver paper remained unopened on a counter.

A small packet of pink heart-shaped sweets was placed on the box next to a card simply addressed to 'Ozzy'.

Pistorius insists it was a case of mistaken identity and says he believed Steenkamp was an intruder.

He is due to go on trial for murder on 3 March.

REMEMBERING REEVA

Steenkamp's uncle Mike says her relatives in Cape Town will gather this morning to look back and reflect on the past year.

He says they will be releasing helium balloons with messages to Steenkamp tied to them.

Her family will also put pictures of the model up around their house and remember the fond times with her.

Steenkamp's parents have placed memorial messages in newspapers in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

They issued a statement earlier this week thanking the country and the world for the compassion and support they've received and announced a foundation in their daughter's name.

Meanwhile, the Pistorius family has declined to say how it intends marking what it has described as the intensely sad anniversary of Steenkamp's death.

Pistorius's uncle Arnold won't say how they will remember Steenkamp today, saying their plans will remain private.