Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic runner who blazed new terrain by competing in last summer’s Olympics, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. A shooting took place inside his upscale home in Pretoria, South Africa, early Thursday, and only the two of them were there at the time, police said.
Oscar Pistorius, who made sporting history by becoming the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics, is due to appear in a Pretoria court on Friday.
“He is doing well but very emotional,” his lawyer Kenny Oldwage told SABC TV, but gave no further comment.
“We are talking about neighbors and people that heard things earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place,” police brigadier Denise Beukes said outside the heavily guarded residential complex.
Police said a 9mm pistol had been found at the scene.
Beukes said police were aware of previous incidents at the Pistorius house. “I can confirm that there has previously been incidents at the home of Mr Oscar Pistorious, of allegations of a domestic nature,” she said.
Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and grew up in Port Elizabeth. She later moved to Johannesburg, where she worked for various companies, including Toyota and cosmetics maker Avon. Steenkamp, who had a law degree, also worked as a presenter for FashionTV in South Africa and as an FHM cover girl.