Oscar Pistorius' uncle spoke today of how close the Paralympic star was to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and said his nephew was "happier in his private life than he had been for a long time."
Arnold Pistorius, speaking from his home in Pretoria, told reporters: "As you can imagine our entire family is devastated, we are in a state of total shock - firstly about the tragic death of Reeva who we had all got to know well and care for deeply over the last few months.
"All of us saw at first hand how close she had become to Oscar during that time and how happy they were. They had plans together and Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time.
"We are all grieving for Reeva, her family and her friends."
Pistorius will concentrate on defending himself against allegations that he murdered his model girlfriend on Valentine's morning.
The South African press say the weapon is a key piece of police evidence, but Pistorius' family said the death is a 'tragic accident.'
The family and management of Oscar Pistorius have released a statement disputing the murder charge against him 'in the strongest terms'.