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Oscar Pistorius arrested for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The dynamics are still unclear, but the news has been confirmed: sporting hero Oscar Pistorius was arrested in his home in Pretoria few hours ago for allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old law graduate from Port Elizabeth, former FHM model and current face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa.

Emergency services were called at the Olympics and Paralympics athlete's home immediately after the shooting, which occurred between 04:00 and 05:00 local time (02:00-03:00 GMT) at the Silverlakes complex in the Boschkop area of the capital. The woman was still alive when the paramedics arrived, but died at the scene shortly after.

According to the police statement, Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head and upper body with a 9mm gun that was recovered at the scene. Earlier reports alleged that 27 years old Pistorius had mistaken the model for an intruder and shot her as she woke him trying to surprise him on Valentine's Day.

Despite the model's publicist, Sarit Tomlinson, telling the press that "the pair had been an item for a few months and enjoyed a healthy relationship", the Police was very keen in firmly declaring that the shooting was being treated as a murder investigation as incidents of a domestic nature were previously reported in connection with the same address.

Pistorius has been officially charged with murder and will appear later today at Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

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