Oscar Pistorius Reportedly Kills Girlfriend After Mistaking Her for Intruder

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Oscar Pistorius Reportedly Kills Girlfriend After Mistaking Her for Intruder

South African Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home early Thursday morning after mistaking her for an intruder, according to a Reuters report

Johannesburg's Talk Radio 702 said Pistorius was understood to have shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, although the circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear. He may have mistaken her for a burglar, the radio report said.

 

UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

More details continue to emerge about what exactly happened in Pistorius' home on Thursday morning. According to The Telegraph, Pistorius was seen by security guards carrying Steenkamp down the stairs in his arms and tried resuscitating her:

Sources told Beeld, the Afrikaans language newspaper, that security guards who heard the shots and rushed to the house saw the Paralympic gold medalist was seen running down the stairs with the blonde model in his arms.

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:55 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Pistorius has formally been charged with one count of murder for the death of Steenkamp, according to the Associated Press (via Yahoo News). The report states prosecutors plan to pursue a premeditated murder charge and that the Olympian broke down while in court.

Pistorius stood with his face in his hands as he broke down in tears on his first at the appearance Pretoria Magistrates' Court. The magistrate delayed Pistorius' bail hearing until next Tuesday and Wednesday and ruled that the 26-year-old Pistorius would be held at a police station in Pretoria until then. Police have said they oppose the granting of bail.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

More details surrounding the incident at Pistorius' home are surfacing. NBC News' John Newland, Jason Cumming and Cecile Antonie have the latest:

[South African Police spokeswoman Denise] Beukes said there were no signs of forced entry to the home and said that police would oppose any application Pistorius might make to be released on bail. 

Beukes said there had been reports about previous problems at Pistorius' home that were 'allegations of a domestic nature.' When a reporter asked if she meant domestic violence, she nodded and said yes.

It's too soon to jump to any conclusions, but the report of a past domestic transgression does not paint the "Blade Runner" in the most favorable of lights. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

Shiv Malik of The Guardian is reporting (via correspondent David Smith) that Pistorius' court date has been rescheduled from 2 p.m. local time Thursday. No word in the report as to why there was a delay. Pistorius will not appear in court until Friday. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Oscar Pistorius is being charged with murder, according to USA Today's Kim Hjelmgaard.

South African police on Friday said they would charge Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius with murder after his girlfriend was shot and killed at his home early Thursday morning...

The circumstances of the incident are still unclear but police in South Africa said they would oppose bail when the Paralympic gold medalist appears in court later today...

...Britain's Sky News first named the woman as Reeva Steenkamp, a model and recent contestant on 'Tropika Island of Treasure 5,' a South African reality TV show. A talent agent for Steenkamp said she was the victim. However, police have yet to confirm the woman's relationship with the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:10 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to SportsCenter, Pistorius has been arrested:

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News24.com originally reported the belief that the woman killed at the scene was indeed Pistorius' girlfriend.

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Reeva Steenkamp

The incident happened around 4 a.m. local time in the capital city of Pretoria, and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. This news will undoubtedly send shockwaves through South Africa and the Olympic community. 

Pistorius, 26, is largely seen as one of the pioneers among Paralympic runners. A double amputee, Pistorius miraculously achieved mainstream status for his unconventional, blade-like prosthesis.

Dominating his overmatched competition, he captured gold medals in each of the past three Paralympic Games and set world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. But Pistorius' journey into the national consciousness did not just end with his dominance in the Paralympic Games.

At the 2012 Games in London, Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics. He represented South Africa in both the 400-meter individual sprints and the 4x400-meter relay race. Though he ultimately walked away medal-less, the effect and legacy of Pistorius was unmistakable.

His story transcended sports and nationalities to provide inspiration to both the handicapped and able-bodied people across the world. Though more facts are sure to come out, Thursday morning's incident is undoubtedly a sad turn in what has been such an incredible story.


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