Pistorius, slain girlfriend had planned future - uncle
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 01:01
Feb. 16 - South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, was planning future with girlfriend he is accused of shooting dead, his uncle said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner", was planning a future with the girlfriend he is accused of shooting dead this week, his uncle said on Saturday.
Pistorius, 26, one of the world's most recognisable athletes, was charged on Friday with murdering swimsuit model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of the previous day.
He broke down during a 40-minute bail hearing at a Pretoria court but was not asked to enter a plea.
"They had plans together and Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time," Anthony Pistorius said in a statement.
"We are in a state of total shock - firstly about the tragic death of Reeva who we had all got to know well and care for deeply over the last few months," he said. "All of us saw at first hand how close she had become to Oscar during that time and how happy they were."
The suggestion that Pistorius' family was close to Steenkamp runs counter to comments from Pistorius' father, Henke, who told the New York Times he had never met his son's partner.
Prosecutors alleged the shooting was premeditated, a charge that could put Pistorius behind bars for life if convicted.
Police have said there are no other suspects and the pair were the only people in the house at the time. Initial reports suggested he may have mistaken her for an intruder.
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