Pistroius’s aunt and uncle, Arnold and Lois, and his media spokesperson Anneliese Burgess make a statement following the verdict of culpable homicide. They thank Judge Thokozile Masipa for clearing Pistorius of murder, and say the family has always believed his version of events and that the verdict lifts a burden for them. They extend condolences to the family of Steenkamp:
There are no victors in this. We as a family remain deeply affected by the devastating tragedy … It won’t bring Reeva back but our hearts still go out for her family and friends.
Arnold says that the family will make no further comment while legal proceedings remain ongoing.