Pistorius to remain in custody

The Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is to remain in custody overnight after being charged with murder having allegedly shot dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. He will appear in court tomorrow.

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Law graduate beauty was face of Avon in South Africa

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius pictured together in November, early on in their relationship. Credit: Elite/EMPICS Entertainment

South African cover girl Reeva Steenkamp had led campaigns and commercials for some of the country's leading brands, according to the biography on her Facebook page.

The law graduate was born in Cape Town in 1983 and grew up in Port Elizabeth. Her father, Barry Steenkamp, is a high profile horse trainer within the country.

The model became the face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa after moving to Johannesburg, having previously fronted campaigns for FHM, Toyota, Clover and Italian brand Zui.

Her Facebook account said she had a "passion for cars and cooking."

Tributes to 'shining angel' Reeva Steenkamp

Many people have taken to Reeva Steenkamp's Facebook page to pay tribute to the model after it was confirmed that that she died this morning in a shooting at Oscar Pistorius' Pretoria home:

  • Sally McKay Kromberg: "Such tragic news, condolences go out to family and friends to all concerned. Rest in Peace Reeva."
  • Marina Bonifacio: "May you find comfort in the arms of the Angels...as you are now...a beautiful shining Angel. Goodbye"
  • Leo J. Surprenant: "My heart beat stopped for a few seconds when I heard the news. You will never be forgotten… You will always be missed!"
  • Jo-Anne Danielle Germeshuizen: "Was so nice to have met you, you were such a kind and lovely person. My thoughts are with your family. Rest in the arms of the angels."

IPC refuses to comment on Pistorius allegations

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) released a statement saying it "will not be passing any comment" on the allegations that Oscar Pistorius has shot his girlfriend dead.

This is a police matter, with a formal investigation currently underway. Therefore it would be inappropriate for the IPC to comment on this incident until the official police process has concluded.

The IPC would like to offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families involved in this case.

– International Paralympic Committee

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Pistorius was in 'fabulous relationship' with girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius had been in a "healthy, fabulous relationship" for the last few months with his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her agent Sarit Tomlinson has said.

Ms Tomlison described Ms Steenkamp, who has been named in unconfirmed local reports as the victim of this morning's shooting, as an "absolute angel on earth".

Responding to reports of her death, she told Sky News that Ms Steenkamp "was the kindest, most unbelievable girl".

Police have yet to confirm the identity of the victim beyond saying she was a 30-year-old woman.

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