Oscar Pistorius, Double-Amputee Olympian, Charged With Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee Olympic sprinter, was charged with the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp, after he shot her multiple times in his South African home on Thursday morning, reports the New York Times.   Although...
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Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee Olympic sprinter, was charged with the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp, after he shot her multiple times in his South African home on Thursday morning, reports the New York Times.   Although...

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Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee Olympic sprinter, was charged with the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp, after he shot her multiple times in his South African home on Thursday morning, reports the New York Times.

Although Pistorius, 26, claimed the shooting was an accident and that he had mistaken her for an intruder, South African police formerly charged him and said it will oppose his request for bail on Friday.

The Paralympic athlete, who was born without fibulas, won gold and silver medals at the London Games last September and was given the nickname Blade Runner. He appeared to have a happy and healthy relationship with the 30-year-old Steenkamp, but police reports indicate the two may have had previous domestic issues prior to the shooting.

Pistorius lives in a high-walled community in South Africa, which is known for having one of the highest violent crime rates in the world. Although gun ownership is legal and quite common in the country, there are restrictions.

Speaking with the New York Times over the phone, Pistorius' father, Henke, claimed he couldn't speculate on the tragic circumstances (he had never met Steenkamp) but that he knew that Oscar had "been in an excellent frame of mind" with his training.

Steenkamp's publicist, Sarit Tomlinson, claimed that the two had a "healthy, fabulous relationship."

Just a day before Valentine's Day, Steenkamp had tweeted: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???"