‘Blade Runner’ Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Charged With Girlfriend’s Murder [Video]

Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend and will appear in a Pretoria court on Friday, police have confirmed.

South Africa’s Olympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius once a source of global inspiration, was locked inside a South African jail for the vicious Valentine’s Day murder of his gorgeous model girlfriend.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the house, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.

Steenkamp was an advocate for stopping violence against women.

Four days ago, she tweeted “I woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals in SA. RIP Anene Booysen #rape #crime #sayNO.””

Pistorius was pictured leaving a police station accompanied by officers after undergoing questioning. He looked down as photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his gray workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face.

Police said she was shot four times in the pre-dawn hours at Pistorius’ villa in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria. Officers found a 9 mm pistol inside the home and arrested Pistorius on a murder charge.

“We found a 9mm pistol at the scene. A 26-year-old man was taken into custody,” a police spokeswoman said.

What sparked the shooting remained unclear, but police said they had received calls in the past about domestic altercations at the home of the 26-year-old athlete, who has spoken publicly about his love of firearms, writes ESPN.

Pistorius owned firearms and posted a photograph of himself at a shooting range in November 2011 to the social media website Twitter, bragging about his score.

“Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!” he wrote.

Police sources suggested that Pistorius himself had requested that he appear in court as soon as possible today, but that the facilities might not be equipped for people with disabilities.

Pistorius is due to appear in court Friday.

A spokeswoman had earlier said Pistorius was being “treated like any other normal person”.

“He will be bringing a bail application and we will be opposing bail,” she said, adding that there were no other suspects in the case.

“At this stage he is on his way to a district surgeon for medical examination,” police brigadier Denise Beukes told reporters.

Pistorius, a South African national hero honored as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, was previously investigated for domestic violence, authorities revealed after his arrest.

According to the Guardian, There was speculation in the local media that Pistorius may have mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar and the shooting could have been a result of a Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong.

Pistorius’ former coach, Andrea Giannini, said he hopes it was “just a tragic accident.” Giannini said he believed that Pistorius had been dating Steenkamp for “a few months.”

Steenkamp’s sister, via her Twitter page, mourned her slain sibling.

“Life has lost one of its children but heaven has gained one of its Angels … #shattered,” wrote Darren Fresco.

South Africa has some of the world’s highest murder rates, with nearly 50 people killed each day in the nation of 50 million. It also has high rates of rape, other assaults, robbery and carjackings.

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