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Police charge Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius with murder

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PRETORIA, South Africa -

Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius looked down as he left the police station in South Africa, charged with murder.

That woman was Reeva Steenkamp, a model, and the girlfriend of Pistorius. Police say she was shot 4 times early Thursday morning, inside the athlete's home, where they found a 9 millimeter pistol.

The 26 year old sprinter known as the "blade runner" for his high-tech artificial legs is a national hero in South Africa. He lives in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria.

Pistorius made history at the Olympic stadium here in London last summer. He became the first double amputee runner to ever compete at the games.

Pistorius had been with his girlfriend for several months and would have celebrated their first Valentine's Day together.

The day before she died, Steenkamp tweeted, 'it should be a day of love for everyone.'

There were reports she made a surprise visit to Pistorius, and he thought she was an intruder. But police believe it was domestic trouble and say some witnesses heard screaming.

His lawyer would not say much about how Pristorius is feeling.

Police say forensic investigators will test Pistorius for blood alcohol levels and check for possible evidence under his fingernails.

Pistorius will face a court hearing on Friday. In an interview with the New York Times last year the athlete talked about pulling his pistol to search his home one night when his security alarm went off.

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