PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — It was just last summer that Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) was making history as the first double-amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympic Games.
Now, the man known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs is being charged with the murder of his girlfriend, who was shot inside his home in South Africa early today.
Reeva Steenkamp was a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women.
South Africans are expressing shock at the killing. But police say there have "previously been incidents" at the Pistorius home, involving "allegations of a domestic nature." And a police spokeswoman says neighbors "heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place."
A court hearing that had been set for this afternoon has been postponed until tomorrow to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work.
187-c-20-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"love for everyone"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, who was shot and killed in his house, was a South African celebrity and a law school graduate. (14 Feb 2013)
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184-c-15-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"of his girlfriend"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of a woman who was shot inside his home in South Africa. (14 Feb 2013)
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165-a-06-(Brigadier Denise Beukes (BEE'-uh-kehs), spokeswoman, South African police, with reporters)-"of Oscar Pistorius"-Brigadier Denise Beukes of the South African police says there's been trouble at the Olympian's home in the past. (14 Feb 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, leaving Boschkop police station to appear in court on murder charge, Pretoria, South Africa, graphic element on gray (14 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO XDF803: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 en route to appear in court charged with murder. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court Thursday after a 30-year-old woman who was believed to be his girlfriend was shot dead at his home in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Chris Collingridge) SOUTH AFRICA OUT (14 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO XJOH804: This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeva Steenkamp, during a photo shoot. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. (AP Photo/Ice Model Management) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (18 Nov 2011)
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