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Olympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder

South African double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend this morning, the Guardian reports:

PistoriusSouth African star sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend and will appear in a Pretoria court on Thursday afternoon, police have confirmed. Pistorius, 26, is alleged to have killed his 30-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who died of gunshot wounds at his home in a gated-community in the city this morning.

Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes said earlier reports that the suspect had been surprised by his girlfriend and had thought she was an intruder did not come from police. She said there had been reports from neighbours of shouting and screaming coming from the house earlier in the evening. She said police had been called to the house on previous occasions after reports of "a domestic nature"...

...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...

...In the last 24 hours she was tweeting about her hopes for Valentine's Day, writing: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay." In one of her last tweets she responded to one follower who said she was going to make her husband a card with her children. Steenkamp wrote: "That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!"

Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after girlfriend shot dead [guardian]

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  1. Oh man, that is crazy! What a sad thing to happen! Such an amazing athlete to be brought to this...? What a day for it to happen too.... and she sounded so optimistic and happy about Valentine's Day... I guess things had not been good for a while judging from neighbors ' reports...

    Posted by: CKNJ | Feb 14, 2013 7:28:34 AM

  2. God I hope this is untrue. He seemed like SUCH an incredible person in those segments during the Olympics. South Africa is horribly dangerous in some parts and police corruption exists, so I'm not going to rule him guilty unless it's fully proven so.

    Posted by: KoolKid | Feb 14, 2013 7:39:50 AM


    Posted by: Syndication Network | Feb 14, 2013 7:42:11 AM

  4. Despite the media hype, he seemed like a bit of a hothead and entitled diva at the Olympics.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 14, 2013 7:56:54 AM

  5. "Despite the media hype, he seemed like a bit of a hothead and entitled diva at the Olympics..." so he's totally guilty.

    - The Opinator

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 14, 2013 8:23:42 AM

  6. Hard to believe, really.

    Not especially in line with the spirit of Valentine's day, either.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 14, 2013 10:09:10 AM

  7. I guess I don't understand the mission or format of this website. Exactly why is this, the Kardashians, or the twins from Desperate Housewives gay news?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 14, 2013 11:11:48 AM

  8. I was shocked when I saw this story this morning! It's really sad, either way you look at it.

    I'm hesitant to judge, but it looks like he is guilty as sin.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Feb 14, 2013 11:31:05 AM

  9. My money would've been on Bolt for this kind of thing.

    Posted by: Bolt Action | Feb 14, 2013 4:47:44 PM

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