Oscar Pistorius: Did the 'Blade Runner' kill his girlfriend?

The South African Olympic runner with prosthetic legs was arrested at his home in Pretoria, but the situation is murky

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa finishes with gold in the Men's 4x100m relay T42/T46 Final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
(Image credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Before Thursday, the most controversial thing about Oscar Pistorius, the double-leg-amputee Olympic runner, was whether his prosthetic blade legs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners. Now, police in his native South Africa are charging the 26-year-old "Blade Runner" with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home in an upscale gated community outside of Pretoria, the capital. Pretoria police haven't released the name of the victim or the suspect, following South African law, but Steenkamp's agent, Sarita Tomlinson, confirmed that the model is dead.

"We are all devastated. Her family is in shock," Tomlinson tells Reuters. Steenkamp and Pistorious, who dated for about a year, "did have a good relationship.... Nobody actually knows what happened."

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