Was it a Valentine's Day surprise that had tragic results?
Sad news coming in to an overcast San Francisco today is about the Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius who went on to obtain an honorary doctorate from this Examiner's alma mater, Strathclye University in Scotland.
South African police on Thursday told USA Today that Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder. The girlfriend of Pistorius was murdered early on Thursday morning at Oscar Pistorius' home.
Was it a surprise Valentine's Day gift that turned tragic?
"It's a terrible tragedy. We were all rooting for Pistorius during the 2012 Olympics. He seemed like the nicest man. This must have been some sort of horrible accident," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler.
Full details have not yet come through and this story is ongoing.
So far, though, USA Today has said:
"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 Friday. The hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon but was delayed to give forensics investigators time to do their work, the Associated Press reported."
While the police in South Africa typically won't name a suspect until they have already been to court, Brigadier Denise Beukes, a police spokesperson, told press that Pistorius had indeed been at his house when his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was killed. She went on to say "there is no other suspect involved," states The Associated Press.
According to the UK's Sky News, as Reeva Steenkamp was a model and, not long ago, was a contestant on the show, Tropika Island of Treasure 5, a TV reality show based in South Africa.
While one talent agency for Steenkamp has confirmed she was the victim, police have yet to say what Steenkamp's relationship was with Pistorius.
News reports from the Mail & Guardian and the South African Press Agency have stated that a 30-year old woman died at the Olympic and Paralympic athlete's home in Pretoria.
According to USA Today, the crime may have been the result of a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong:
"Some media commentators speculated that the victim may have been in the act of surprising Pistorius for Valentine's Day."
Source: USA Today
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