Olympic Double-Amputee Pistorius Charged With Murder


UPDATED: Thursday February 14, 2013 7:56 AM

Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete's home in South Africa.
    
Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved."
    
Beukes said the suspect was undergoing blood alcohol and forensic tests and had made a request to be brought to court immediately. Beukes said he would apply for bail, but the South African Police Service would oppose the application.
    
Beukes said there had been "previous incidents" at Pistorius' home.

The woman who was shot dead was a model, a law school graduate and an entrepreneur who cared about empowering women and was to give an inspirational talk Thursday at a Johannesburg School.
    
Publicist Sarit Tomlinson said Reeva Steenkamp, known simply as Reeva, was one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was one of the celebrity contestants on Tropika Island of Treasure filmed in Jamaica.
    
At Twitter, she tweeted messages urging women to stand up against rape alongside her excitement about Valentine's Day.

"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" she tweeted. "It should be a day of love for everyone."

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