Oscar Pistorius, who inspired millions of people across the globe last year by competing in the Summer Olympics as the double leg amputee from South Africa who competed in the 400 meter and 4 x 100 meter relay races, has been charged by authorities in that country with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp, a model, was shot four times in the early hours of Valentine's Day in a gated community in the capital of Pretoria.
Police said that there had been previous incidents of domestic violence at that residence.
South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olynpic committee released a statement on Thursday saying they had received numerous requests for comment, but were reluctant to do so because of the lack of details at the moment. "The organization is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned," read the statement in part.
During the Summer Games, Pistorius, nicknamed "Blade Runner," became the first ever double amputee runner to compete. Although he failed to win a medal, he became one of the most featured human interest stories, and was held up as an example of persevering in the face of adversity.