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Pistorius Takes Stand, Apologizes to Steenkamp’s Family

A tearful Oscar Pistorius took the stand in his murder trial Monday morning, and began by apologizing to the family of Reeva Steenkamp:

I want to apologise to Reeva’s family, to those of you who knew her and are here today. There is not a moment and there hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family.

I wake up in the morning and you’re the first people I think of, the first people I pray for. I can promise that when she went to bed that night she felt loved.

I’ve tried to put my words on paper many times to write to you but no words would ever suffice.

Pistorius testified on his childhood, his rise as a paralympic racer, and about a near-fatal boating accident in 2008 that he said left him “fearful and withdrawn.”

Pistorius shot his girlfriend, a South African model, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. He says he thought she was an intruder; prosecutors argue he murdered her following an argument earlier in the evening. He told the court Monday he was so traumatized by the shooting that he was unable to sleep for weeks afterward, and has since relied on anti-depressants and sleeping pills.

The trial has broken for lunch, but you can watch the live feed when it resumes HERE.

[h/t Guardian]

[Image via Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters]

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