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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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Friend pays emotional tribute to Reeva Steenkamp

A friend of Reeva Steenkamp has broken down in tears as she made an emotional tribute to the South African model outside Oscar Pistorius' home where she was shot dead.

Mashadi Motsogi, a fellow model, told the South African Press Association she heard news of the death on Twitter and attempted in vain to call the Olympic amputee athlete.

It was only on my way to campus when I saw journalists come in front of the estate, when I realised that it might be true, that she might be dead. I know Oscar stays here. When I called here, he did not reply. He did not answer my call.

– Mashadi Motsogi

Miss Motsogi said she has "lost a friend." She described Miss Steenkamp as a "friendly person, always willing to help other people" and said she looked to the model for advice.

She also said Miss Steenkamp's death in a secure complex did not make sense.

Look, security here is safe. We moved to this area for security reasons. It does not make sense to me that my friend was shot, mistaken for an intruder.

– Mashadi Motsogi

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