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Shock: 'Blade Runner' charged in girlfriend death

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  • Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner' in custody
  • South African media says victim is model Reeva Steenkamp
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius looks dejected while competing in the men's 4X400m relay heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 9, 2012 in London.

Woman shot dead in 'Blade Runner's' home

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius crosses the line to win gold in the men's 400m - T44 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 8, 2012.

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend at his Pretoria, South Africa, home early Thursday. 

Pistorius -- or the "Blade Runner," as he's commonly known -- became the first ever double-amputee to compete in the Olympics.

Reeva Steenkamp, 29, and Pistorius, 26, were the only two people in the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

In keeping with South African law, Pistorius will be named officially as the suspect when he appears in court. The first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Steenkamp was a model who also had a law degree.

"There have been previous incidents at the home of Oscar Pistorius, allegations of a domestic nature," police said.

A spokeswoman for the track star says he is cooperating with police.

Sports anchor Carlos Diaz will have updated information during the Bleacher Report on HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade.

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