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The athlete who rose to fame in London last summer as the first amputee runner in the Olympics has reportedly been arrested by South African police after his girlfriend was shot and killed in his home.NBC's Rohit Kachroo reports and NBC sports analyst Ato Boldon talks about the case, calling it an "absolute shock."Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.
Pistorius will appear for a court hearing on Friday at 9am local time, the South African prosecutor’s office confirmed.
Numerous media outlets reported that the sprinter -- who is nicknamed "Blade Runner" because he races wearing carbon fiber prosthetic blades -- may have mistaken the woman for an intruder.
Beukes would not confirm the victim's identity, but said investigators were "very surprised" to hear media reports that the shooting was possibly a case of mistaken identity.
A publicist for Reeva Steenkamp, a model whom Pistorius was dating, confirmed to NBC's TODAY that her client was dead.
She described the incident as a "huge loss for everyone and too shocking for words."Beukes said there were no signs of forced entry to the home and said that police would oppose any application Pistorius might make to be released on bail.
Beukes said there had been reports about previous problems at Pistorius' home that were "allegations of a domestic nature." When a reporter asked if she meant domestic violence, she nodded and said yes."There are witnesses and we have interviewed them," she added.
"We're talking about neighbors and people who heard things earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place."The Associated Press reported that a 9mm handgun had been found at his home in the luxurious Silver Woods gated community.
More on this story from NBC Sports Sarit Tomlinson, who is Steenkamp's publicist, told Britains' Sky News that the the pair had been together for a couple months."She was a rising star ... She noted that "no one knows what happened" but said "we are in communication with the people on the scene."The Silver Woods Country Estate released a statement on its website early Thursday: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances that occurred today at Silver Woods.
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Reeva Steenkamp’s family and friends."Steenkamp, a 30-year-old law school graduate, gushed about Valentine's Day on Twitter Wednesday, posting "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???
" and "It should be a day of love for everyone."Pistorius was born without a fibula in both legs and battled for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes.
'National hero'He was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics.