South African Olympic & Paralympic Athlete Oscar Pistorius Arrested for Allegedly Shooting his Girlfriend Dead

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete famously known as the “Blade Runner” was arrested this morning after his girlfriend was shot dead at his home in Pretoria.

Pistorius, 26, is alleged to have killed his 30-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who died of gunshot wounds at his home this morning. The Telegraph reports that he shot her thinking she was an intruder and the shooting could have been a result of a Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong.

However, Guardian reports that 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 also added that police had been called to the house on previous occasions after reports of “a domestic nature”.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Feb. 14, 2013, en route to appear in court

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Feb. 14, 2013, en route to appear in court | Photo Credit:

Pistorius was believed to have shot his girlfriend, a model, in the head and arm. Guardian reports that she was shot four times.

The Police said they have opened investigations into the murder case and will charge him to court. “We found a 9mm pistol at the scene. A 26-year-old man was taken into custody,” a police spokeswoman told Guardian.

Reeva and Oscar have reportedly been dating for a year. In the social pages of last weekend’s Sunday Independent, she described Pistorius as having “impeccable” taste. “His gifts are always thoughtful,” she was quoted as saying.

Some of her last Twitter posts indicated she was looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday with him.

“What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???” she posted yesterday.

Pistorius is well liked by most South African citizens and the sad incident has put a lot of people in shock, with many lending their support to him. He made history as the first double amputee to run in the Olympics and reached the 400 meter semi-finals in London 2012.

So sad… May her soul Rest In Peace.

34 Comments on South African Olympic & Paralympic Athlete Oscar Pistorius Arrested for Allegedly Shooting his Girlfriend Dead
  • m.h February 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm


  • ifybabe February 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm


  • lps February 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    really sad!

  • osey February 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    this is beyond sad. wow!!!!!!!

  • gistyinka February 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    wat a sad story…

  • Anon February 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Say no to guns.

    • ocase February 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Say no to some suprise and pranks

      • FabioB February 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Say no to shooting dead your friend for a prank.
        Say no to opening fire with no warning
        Say no to gun licenses without a serious reason and a rigorous psychoattitudinal test

      • Anon February 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        ocase what a silly thing to type. Pranks? Surprise and not “suprise?”

  • Malika February 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    This is truly sad!!May her soul RIP

  • nnenne February 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    utterly sad. RIP Reeva

  • Cindylee February 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    How did it happen sef? This is more than val surprise gone wrong. Na wa

  • Grace February 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I wonder what is happening to our world’s atletes…Smh. May her soul rest in peace.

  • douby February 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    The shooting an intruder story didn’t add up for me

  • Sexxie February 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Sad!!! Just went thru her twitter timeline, she was looking forward to this day not knowing it will be her last. RIP Reeva! May God comfort her family.

  • alzee February 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm


  • February 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Sad news indeed.

  • bumi February 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Sad Sad Sad is all i can say. What is this world turning to?

  • Ebi February 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    This one na real wa o.

  • lola February 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    This is just too terrible, d intruder story doesn’t add up, common u don’t shoot an intruder 4 freaking times!

  • NK’S PASSIONS February 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I just hope n pray is really by accident! *sighs*
    May her soul rest in peace.

  • iba February 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    why why why why why oh dear. Y didnt you just ask her to leave. why did you do it?

  • konnie February 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    If he didn’t have a gun she wouldn’t be dead. Secondly, the primary problem is re-occurring abuse which was and has not been addressed. This is what happens when abuse goes unchecked. The abuser takes on a God like complex and it goes terrible from there.

  • Idak February 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Dude had a history of domestic violence and both he and the police have refuted the story of mistaking her as an intruder. He knew who he was shooting and neighbours allege they had been quarreling and shouting hours before.

  • HABBA February 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    i always knew that this guy was bad. i remember during the olympics and one of his black team mates fell during the relay, both him and his other white team mate did not check up on him even though the reporter told them that the black guy had twisted his ankle. since then i have always had a side eye when it came to this guy. BUT I NEVER EXPECTED HIM TO KILL SOMEONE>

  • Z February 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Below is Femi Fani-Kayode’s FB update related to this story (He was a former minister of the federal republic of Nigeria OBJ tenure)

    Oscar Pistorius, who is also known as ”the Blade Runner”, has shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s eve. This is such a tragedy. A man that is loved and respected by so many from all over the world has killed his beautiful young lover, who happens to be one of South Africa’s top models, in cold blood.

    The initial “accidental-shooting burglar theory” has been dismissed by the South Afrocan police. According to the BBC there are speculations that there have been previous acts of domestic violence and altercations between the couple, that there was a terrible arguement going on just before the shooting and that this is a straightforward case of cold-blooded murder probably as a consequence of high passion.

    Whatever the the truth may be, all I can say is that this is a great tragedy and we need to be careful about the kind of women that we spend our time with. Any woman that stirs up your anger and constantly provokes your wrath ought to be avoided like a plague. It is those that bring peace and tranquility into our lives that we should cherish.

    I have little doubt that Pistorius, who was a great achiever, a living icon, the greatest and best known African sportsman in world history and an absolute gentleman, was provoked into a murderous rage by his pretty little lover and that she played on his insecurities and inadequacies. These are the classic traits of the biblical “strange woman”- the destroyer of men’s dreams and destinies.

    Only God knows who sent this creature from the sea into this great man’s life just to destroy it. For Pistorius it is all over. In one moment of blind rage he has lost everything and he has brought shame, disgrace, sorrow and infamy upon his name and that of his family. The blood he has shed will speak against him and his lineage forever. And all because of a sexy and pretty little model who the devil sent his way.

    May the Lord deliver us all from the daughters of Jezebel, Dalilah, Athalia and Yemoja.

    • Tope February 15, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Wow, no sympathy for the victim at all. A young beautiful woman, cut down in her prime. Femi Fani Kayode is the one that is a curse upon the world. If that woman was his sister or his daughter, is that the rubbish he will write. Why will a grown ass man blame a woman for his inadequacies. An adult for crying out loud, see how this neanderthal is laying the blame on the victim, forgetting that as a man, you should be able to control yourself. That is what being a man is all about, not fame, glory or riches. No matter the provocation, you shoot someone 4 freaking times. I hope Femi doesn’t have daughters, because he has just heaped curses upon their heads.

      • omada February 15, 2013 at 6:24 am

        i’m shocked myself. Femi Fani Kayode is living proof that an Ivy league education is doesn’t guarantee common sense! He puts all the blame on the woman! Typical african male mentality. shame!

    • annoyed February 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

      am still seething with rage and wondering if fani kayode really wrote this trash himself? if he did then he never even deserved to have held public office and hope will never again……

  • Purpleicious Babe February 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Too stunned for words.. this is a messed up situation…. seriously…? his image, reputation and everything?

    Poor woman, my thoughts are with her family and friends.

    I pray we dont jam the wrong people in the right clothing…….

  • annoyed February 15, 2013 at 6:56 am

    fani kayode is a bastard that is why he cannot have any meaningful relationship with women……stupid man with his wayward daughters…..neigbours have reported that that is not the first time the police has been called to the house for a case of domestic violence and fani kayode has the odersity to open his gutter mouth……
    women, this is a lesson for u all…dont take shit from any man in the name of love….

  • faith February 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    No mater what no man should b brutal to any woman….

  • jenny February 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I cannot believe fani kayode is so naive and had the nerve to write such rubbish.I have never trusted Oscar he is to arrogant, and puts on a front, do we really know the people we look upto .
    I feel so sorry for Reeva she never had a chance to say goodbye to her family and friends her life has ended, I just hope justice is done, this is so sad.

  • PD February 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m disgusted by Femi Fanikayode’s comment.He’s obviously a male chauvinist.I wonder how he treats his wife.Would he have made such comments if the lady was his daughter?Why didn’t Oscar exercise patience and apply wisdom in dealing with the lady?He allowed the devil to use him and he must pay for his actions.I hope men that can’t control themselves will learn from this.RIP Reeva!

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