Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.
South African Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes said that Pistorius, 26, and the victim were the only people present when the shooting took place. The woman had been shot at least twice, police said.
Pistorius will appear for a court hearing on Friday at 9am local time, the South African prosecutor’s office confirmed.
Numerous media outlets reported that the sprinter — who is nicknamed “Blade Runner” because he races wearing carbon fiber prosthetic blades — may have mistaken the woman for an intruder.
The slain woman was a model who had appeared in several men’s magazines
Beukes would not confirm the victim’s identity, but said investigators were “very surprised” to hear media reports that the shooting was possibly a case of mistaken identity.
A publicist for Reeva Steenkamp, a model whom Pistorius was dating, confirmed to NBC’s TODAY that her client was dead. She described the incident as a “huge loss for everyone and too shocking for words.”Was this an accident? Or was it something else? There had been some accusations of domestic abuse
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.
“There are witnesses and we have interviewed them,” she added. “We’re talking about neighbors and people who heard things earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place.”
What a tragedy.