February 14th 2013 will not be a very happy valentines day for Oscar Pistorius.
Double amputee and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend, after mistaking her for a burglar. South African media are reporting the incident happened at his Silver Lakes home at around 4am on Thursday morning (local time).
Captain Sarah Mcira confirmed to a South African website that Pistorius’s girlfriend was shot in the head and arm and died at the scene. Pistorius was said to be in shock as police questioned him at the scene before his arrest.
His girlfriend’s body was removed from the house about 8.30am. Pistorius was expected to appear in Pretoria Magistrates Court later today, Afrikaans language newspaper Die Beeld reported. The dead woman was named in various reports as model Reeva Steencamp. Tributes began appearing on Twitter soon after.
“You will be missed Reeva -your tweets made me laugh.RIP” this is a tragic day for all South Africans, crime claims another”, said one Twitter user. ”I’m so sorry this had to happen to you! You are a beautiful angel now…. You made me smile! Until we meet again”, said another.
Pistorius, 26, dubbed Blade Runner for the blade-like prosthetics he wears for his double under-knee amputation, is reportedly in police custody.
Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to take part in the Olympics when he entered the men’s 400 metre race and was a member of the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team at the 2012 London Games.
He won gold at the 2012 Paralympics in the men’s 400 metre race in a Paralympics record time of 46.68 seconds and in the 4×100 relay in a world record time of 41.78 seconds.
He also won silver in the 200 metre race with a world record time of 21.30 seconds in the semifinal.
Pistorius had his legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old after he was born with a congenital absence of a fibula in both legs.