According to a report on USAToday.com on February 14, 2013, South African police on Thursday said they would charge Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius with murder after his girlfriend was shot and killed at his home earlier Thursday morning. Multiple media outlets in the country, including the Mail & Guardian and the South African Press Agency, citing local police, said the woman, 30, died at the scene at the athlete's house in Pretoria. Police spokesperson Captain Sarah Mcirca confirmed to South African media that a woman was shot in the arm and head. A 9mm pistol was recovered at the scene.
The girlfriend was identified by deductive reasoning by Britain's Sky News when they named the woman as Reeva Steenkamp a model and recent reality TV show contestant in South Africa. 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.
The Associated Press reported that police are still investigating and collecting evidence at the scene and delaying a court appearance for Pistorius, even though he has not been officially named as a suspect per South African police policy. But, police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of the victim and that "there is no other suspect involved,"
Some speculated that the victim may have been in the act of surprising Pistorius for Valentine's Day, but South African police said that there had been "previous incidents" of a domestic nature reported at Pistorius' home.
Pistorius, 26, made history by being the first double amputee to take part in the Olympics, where he did not medal. Pistorius won gold medals in the 4x100 meter relay and 400 meter individual events at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with the use of his carbon fiber prosthetic blades.
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