Oscar Pistorius is "Doing Fine"
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is "sad and emotional" but "doing well" following his arrest on a murder charge, according to his lawyer and father.
The 26-year-old sprinter was held by cops and charged with gunning down his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa in the early hours of Thursday (14 February). She was shot four times.
Pistorius is due in court in the city on Friday (15 February), but his lawyer William Booth spoke out on Thursday to tell fans the athlete is bearing up. He told reporters in South Africa, "He is doing well. Obviously emotional but he is doing fine, guys."
Pistorius' dad Henke told the country's SABC radio, "It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate (on the incident). I don't know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He's sad at the moment."
Initial reports suggested the 30-year-old model let herself into the property as part of a Valentine's Day surprise and Pistorius took aim after mistaking her for a burglar, but local cops dismissed the explanation and revealed officers have previously been called to the track star's address over "allegations of a domestic nature".
Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes told reported outside Pistorius' gated community, "There is no other suspect involved. Yes, there are witnesses, and there have also been interviews this morning. We are talking about neighbors and people that heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place."
Beukes also said that Pistrorius was being cooperative and undergoing blood alcohol and forensic tests. She added that he requested to be brought to court immediately and that an application for bail would be refused.
Meanwhile, Reeva's publicist Sarit Tomlinson said, "Our thoughts and prayers go to the Steenkamp family, who have asked to have their privacy respected during this difficult time, everyone is simply devastated. She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed."
Hours before her death, Reeva had been excited about Valentine's Day, tweeting, "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???" and replying to a friend "It should be a
day of love for everyone."