Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic athlete better known as "Blade Runner," was charged with murder Thursday in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

A double-amputee with prosthetic legs who made history at the 2012 summer Olympics, Pistorius, 26, was arrested and charged in the alleged murder of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, found shot dead in the runner's home in Pretoria, South Africa.

It was reported that the woman may have been trying to surprise Pistorius for Valentine's Day and he thought she was an intruder breaking into his home. Read more about the arrest.

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C), flanked by bodyguards and policemen, leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (2nd L) leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) walks in front of his sister Aimee as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, flanked by his sister Aimee and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R), flanked by his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) dries a tear as he prays with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, during his appearance at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) stands next to his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl (2nd L), as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19:South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) speaks with his lawyer Kenny Oldwage in Pretoria Magistrates Court prior to an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) prays with his sister Aimee (2nd L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) prays with his brother Carl Pistorius and his sister Aimee Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, right, at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius was indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian's girlfriend on Valentine's Day.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius, right, talks with his sister Aimee, left, during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Murder suspect Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee sheds a tear as she prays with her brother during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at a South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius appears at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius runs at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius pulls on his carbon fiber running blades at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (hidden) leaves the courthouse in a car in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is pictured as he leaves the courthouse in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, silhouetted in front vehicle, center, arrives at a relative's home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb 22, 2013. Pistorius was released on bail and will return to court June, 4, 2013 to face a charge of pre-meditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Waldo Swiegers)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold Pistorius speaks to journalist at the end of the bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Pistorius was granted bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Kenny Oldwage, Attorney for Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Ampie Louw, Coach of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras-Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius (left) and Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius (right) during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial) (AP Photo)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' father Henke Pistorius, right, with his son Carl watch as Oscar Pistorius walks in during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The famliy of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 22, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pistorius is, according to The Guardian, the world's best-known Paralympic star. Born in Johannesburg in 1986, Pistorius had no fibulas in either leg. On the advice of a doctor, his parents made the difficult decision to have the legs amputated. He was 11 months old.

Despite his disability, Pistorius grew up playing a variety of sports, including waterpolo, rugby, cricket, tennis and wrestling, according to his personal website. He took up track and field in the 2003 after shattering his knee playing rugby. He got his first set of racing blades about this time and his first track meet was in 2004.

In the years that followed, he became a Paralympic superstar, not to mention one of People Magazine's "sexiest men alive." He won numerous medals and set records.

But until his arrest Thursday, Pistorius was best known for his history-making turn at the 2012 London Games, where he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics, taking part in the men's 400-metres race and as part of South Africa's 4 X 400 metres relay team.

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He had fought to compete against able-bodied athletes and successfully challenged the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which had ruled that his prosthetic blades gave him an advantage, The Telegraph reports.

Pistorius' website catalogues a number of achievements:

Personal Bests:

  • 100m: 10.91 seconds (South Africa, April 2007)
  • 200m: 21.30 seconds (London, September 2012)
  • 400m: 45.07 seconds (Italy, July 2011)

Major Achievements:

  • GOLD: T43/44 200m, 2004 Paralympic Games, Athens
  • BRONZE: T43/44 100m, 2004 Paralympic Games, Athens
  • GOLD: T43/44 100m, 2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing
  • GOLD: T43/44 200m, 2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing
  • GOLD: T43/44 400m, 2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing
  • GOLD: T43/44 4x100m relay, 2012 Paralympic Games, London
  • GOLD: T43/44 400m, 2012 Paralympic Games, London
  • SILVER: T43/44 200m, 2012 Paralympic Games, London

Reeva Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and had studied law, but was better known as an FHM cover girl and the face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa, The Huffington Post U.K. reports.

Although she denied reports that she and Pistorius were dating when they were spotted together at South Africa Sports Awards last year, they later became an item and had been together for two months, according to Reeva's publicist.

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  • Reeva Steenkamp

    In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii)

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    In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii-HO)

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    In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii-HO)

  • Reeva Steenkamp

    In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii)

  • Reeva Steenkamp

    In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii)

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    Reeva was a model with Ice Model Management in Johannesburg. This is one of her portfolio pictures.

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her facebook page

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    Reeve Steenkamp, during a photo shoot. She was the face of Avon in South Africa.

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    One of Reeva's portfolio pictures from Ice Model Management.

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    Reeva and Pistorius had been dating for two months

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    As well as being the face of Avon in South Africa, Reeva also presented a number of TV shows

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    Reeva used her Twitter account regularly, often retweeting and posting links that highlighted violence against women

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her facebook page

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    Oscar Pistorius (left) and Reeva Steenkamp at Tashas All White Party at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa

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    Reeva pictured at the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2013 on 7 February 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her facebook page

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her twitter page

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    Reeva Steenkamp out and about in an image posted to her twitter page

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    Reeva Steenkamp poses for a photograph on her twitter page

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her twitter page

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    Reeva Steenkamp seen in an image posted to her facebook page

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    Reeva Steenkamp was a cover star for FHM magazine

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    Reeva demonstrating the joys of MINIs

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    Reeva poses with a friend

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    Reeva receives some canine attention

  • Reeva Steenkamp

    Reeva's modelling career led to some high profile magazine covers

  • 2012 South African Sports Awards - Sandton Convention Centre

    Reeva with Oscar Pistorius at the SA Sports Awards

  • 2012 South African Sports Awards - Sandton Convention Centre

    Reeva and Oscar Pistorius arrive at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg for the SA Sports Awards

  • A promo for the Tropika Island of Treasure Show, in which Reeva was due to appear

    Reeva had been set to appear as a celebrity contestant in the Tropika Island of Treasure Show this Saturday. On their website on Thursday morning, they posted a note extending their condolences to her friends and family.

  • PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA: Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Mike Holmes/The Herald/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

    Reeva Steenkamp phorographed recently in Johannesburg

  • PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA: Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Mike Holmes/The Herald/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

    Reeva had worked for Toyota, FHM, Clover & Italian brand Zui as well as doing some TV presenting

  • Reeva Steenkamp

    In this frame-grab from state television channel SABC 1 a tribute is devoted to slain model Reeva Steenkamp, girlfriend of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. South Africa’s national broadcaster went ahead with the screening of the reality TV show "Tropica Island of Treasure" Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, featuring the dead model. Steenkamp encouraged her family to watch in one of her last conversations with them before her shooting death at the home of Pistorius. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • Reeva Steenkamp

    In this frame-grab from state television channel SABC 1 a tribute is devoted to slain model Reeva Steenkamp, girlfriend of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. South Africa’s national broadcaster went ahead with the screening of the reality TV show "Tropica Island of Treasure" Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, featuring the dead model. Steenkamp encouraged her family to watch in one of her last conversations with them before her shooting death at the home of Pistorius. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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PRETORIA, South Africa - Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the house, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.

Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers. He looked down as photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his grey workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face. His court hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon but has been postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work, said Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the prosecution.

South Africans were shocked at the killing. But while Pistorius captured the nation's attention with his Olympic quest, police said there was a recent history of problems involving him. Police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes said the incidents included "allegations of a domestic nature."

"I'm not going to elaborate on it but there have been incidents (at Pistorius' home)," Beukes said. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but Beukes said that the 26-year-old Pistorius was at his home at the time of the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved."

Pistorius' father, Henke, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press, only saying "we all pray for guidance and strength for Oscar and the lady's parents."

Neither Pistorius' agent Peet van Zyl nor coach Ampie Louw could be reached while Pistorius' own cellphone went straight to voicemail.

Pistorius' former coach, Andrea Gianni, said he hopes it was "just a tragic accident." Gianni said he believed that Pistorius had been dating Steenkamp for "a few months."

"No matter how bad the situation was, Oscar always stayed calm and positive," Gianni told the AP in Italy. "Whenever he was tired or nervous he was still extremely nice to people. I never saw him violent."

Yet Pistorius had troubles in his personal life. In February 2009, he crashed a speed boat he was piloting on South Africa's Vaal River. Witnesses said he had been drinking before the crash and officers found alcoholic beverages in the wreckage, though they acknowledged at the time they hadn't conducted a blood test on the athlete. Pistorius broke his nose, jaw and several ribs in the crash, as well as damaged his eye socket and required some 180 stitches to his face.

In November, Pistorius also found himself in an altercation with a local coal mining millionaire over a woman, South African media reported. Eventually, the two men involved the South African Police Service's elite Hawks investigative unit before settling the matter.

Pistorius owned firearms and posted a photograph of himself at a shooting range in November 2011 to the social media website Twitter, bragging about his score.

"Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!" he tweeted.

Police said that earlier reports that Steenkamp may have been mistaken for a burglar by Pistorius did not come from the police. Several local media outlets initially reported that the shooting may have been accidental.

Capacity Relations, a talent management firm, earlier named model Steenkamp as the victim of the shooting. Police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale told the AP that officers received a call around 3 a.m. after the shooting.

A 9 mm pistol was recovered and a murder case opened against Pistorius.

Pistorius enjoyed target shooting with his pistol and an online advertisement featuring him for Nike read: "I am a bullet in the chamber." An article in January 2012 in The New York Times Magazine described him talking about how he pulled a pistol to search his home when his alarm went off the night before an interview. At Pistorius' suggestion, he and the journalist went to a nearby target range where they fired at targets with a 9 mm pistol. At one point, Pistorius told the writer: "If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly."

Asked how often he went target shooting, Pistorius replied: "Just sometimes when I can't sleep."

Police have still not released the name of the woman, but the publicist for Steenkamp confirmed in a statement that the model was dead.

"We can confirm that Reeva Steenkamp has passed away," 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."

Tomlinson said Steenkamp, known simply as Reeva, was one of FHM's (formerly For Him Magazine) 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running, appeared in countless international and national advertisements and was one of the celebrity contestants on the reality show "Tropika Island of Treasure," filmed in Jamaica.

On Twitter, she tweeted messages urging women to stand up against rape as well as her excitement about Valentine's Day. "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" she tweeted. "It should be a day of love for everyone."

Pistorius made history in London last year when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, propelling him to the status of an athletics superstar.

Having had both his legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday because of a congenital condition, he campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes. Having initially been banned because of his carbon fiber blades — which critics said gave him an unfair advantage — he was cleared by sport's highest court in 2008 and allowed to run at the top events.

He competed in the 400 metres and on South Africa's 4x400 relay team at the London Games, making history when his selection for South Africa's team was confirmed at the very last minute. He also retained his Paralympic title in the 400 metres in London.

South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olympic committee released a statement on Thursday saying they had been "inundated" with requests for comment but were not in a position to give out any details of the shooting. The International Paralympic Committee also said it wouldn't comment in detail apart from offering its condolences to the victim's family.

South Africa has some of the world's highest murder rates, with nearly 50 people killed each day in the nation of 50 million. It also has high rates of rape, other assaults, robbery and carjackings.

U.N. statistics show South Africa has the second highest rate of shooting deaths in the world, second only to Colombia.

"The question is: Why does this story make the news? Yes, because they are both celebrities, but this is happening on every single day in South Africa," said Adele Kirsten, a member of Gun Free South Africa. "We have thousands of people killed annually by gun violence in our country. So the anger is about that it is preventable."

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Imray reported from Cape Town, South Africa. Associated Press writer Michelle Faul contributed to this report from Johannesburg.

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