09:09 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/15/2013 08:15AM
Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star known as the Blade Runner, put his head in his hands and wept Friday as prosecutors said they would seek a charge of premeditated murder in the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, the New York Times reports.
Pistorius, 26, appearing in a Pretoria courtroom, is accused of shooting Steenkamp, 30, whose body was found in a pool of blood in his gated home in Pretoria on Thursday. She was reportedly shot four times. He did not enter a plea on the murder charges and police said they would oppose any application for bail.
Originally posted 02/14/2013 04:00PM
She had a promising career in modeling and television and a budding relationship with an Olympic hero, all of it, her uncle laments, snuffed out in one violent moment.
"Who would ever think that someone who had so much going for her would have her life cut short so soon," Mike Steenkamp, the uncle of slain FHM model Reeva Steenkamp, tells PEOPLE.
Reeva, 30, was found Thursday fatally shot in the South Africa home of boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, the famed "Blade Runner" who made history last year as the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics. Pistorius, 26, is charged with her murder.
Originally posted 02/14/2013 09:00AM
Hours before her tragic death, Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was clearly excited for Valentine's Day, posting several messages about the "day of love" on Twitter.
"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???" she wrote in one post. In another, replying to a friend, she added: "It should be a day of love for everyone."
Steenkamp, 30, whom authorities believe was shot to death by Pistorius, 26 – though the details of the alleged murder remain unclear – also posted a photo Wednesday of a shake that the Paralympic champion had gotten her.
"It's a beautiful day! Make things happen," she wrote.
Originally posted 02/14/2013 06:30AM
Oscar Pistorius – the "Blade Runner" who made history last year as the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics – was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found shot dead inside his home in South Africa.
Police said Steenkamp was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, located in a gated community in Pretoria, reports SI.com, which described Steenkamp as a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women.
Steenkamp's publicist Sarit Tomlinson said, "Our thoughts and prayers go to the Steenkamp family, who have asked to have their privacy respected during this difficult time, everyone is simply devastated. She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed."
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