South African police are charging Olympic track hero Oscar Pistorius, who made headlines competing in track events with artificial limbs, with the murder of his girlfriend at his home early this morning. The victim of the shooting is his longtime companion Reeva Steenkamp, and there have been reports of other domestic abuse at the house. The latest fatal incident occurred this morning in which Pistorius shot Steenkamp two times with a fatal blow hitting the head. Early reports said that Pistorius had thought an intruder had entered the house.
Pistorius is an international star and has been a hero to amputees everywhere. In 2012, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has won 6 gold medals in the Paralympic Games. Steenkamp was a South African model and just 29 years old.