In one of the most heart-wrenching stories I have ever heard Oscar Pistorius has allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend. According to SKY News: Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa. Initial reports were that Oscar had accidentally shot his girlfriend and killed her as she was trying to deliver a surprise Valentine’s Day gift. However, over the last couple hours police said the shooting was being treated as a murder investigation and that they were “very surprised” by the reports which they said did not come from them.

We can’t speculate as the details have not been released but whatever way you look at this, it is tragic. Our heart goes out to Reeva Steenkamp and her family.

The athlete was due at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court this afternoon on a murder charge, but prosecutors said his appearance had been delayed until Friday morning to give forensic officers time to carry out their work.

The 26-year-old is alleged to have shot his 30-year-old model girlfriend in the head and upper body.

South Africa boasts one of the world’s highest violent crime rates, and many residents own weapons for self defense against intruders.

Pistorious became famous in the 2012 London Olympics as the first double-amputee to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics, running the 400m and 4x400m relay. Known as the Blade Runner, Pistorious was born without a fibula in both legs, and had both legs amputated at 11 months old.