Track coach hopes Pistorius can resume career


Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 12:36 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The longtime track coach of Oscar Pistorius says he thinks the shooting death of the double-amputee-runner's girlfriend was an accident. And the coach says he looks forward to the day when he can get Pistorius "back on the track."

The family of the woman who was shot and killed in the South African track star's home, meanwhile, says it's looking for answers. Reeva Steenkamp's mother told The Times in Johannsburg that she wants to know, "Why did this happen? Why did he do this?" She's quoted as saying, "Just like that she is gone."

Prosecutors will have a chance tomorrow in court to spell out why they believe Pistorius murdered his model-girlfriend, who was shot multiple times.

Pistorius remains in custody in a one-story police station in Pretoria. His family members deny he committed murder, though they have not addressed whether he shot her.

When word first emerged about the killing, there was speculation that Steenkamp had been mistaken for an intruder. Police say that's not something they are considering.

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APPHOTO NY120: FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 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/Anja Niedringhaus, File) (5 Aug 2012)

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