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It was an idea rejected by friends like Iwan Thomas, a silver medalist at the Atlanta Games."I don't think it's, like, a sideshow," Thomas said.Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but Beukes said that the 26-year-old Pistorius was at his home at the time of the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved." Neither Pistorius' agent Peet van Zyl nor coach Ampie Louw could be reached while Pistorius' own cellphone went straight to voicemail.Pistorius' former coach, Andrea Giannini, said he hopes it was "just a tragic accident." Giannini said he believed that Pistorius had been dating Steenkamp for "a few months." "No matter how bad the situation was, Oscar always stayed calm and positive," Giannini told the AP in Italy."Whenever he was tired or nervous he was still extremely nice to people.I never saw him violent." Yet Pistorius had troubles in his personal life.Eventually, the two men involved the South African Police Service's elite Hawks investigative unit before settling the matter.

He also retained his Paralympic title in the 400 meters in London."I don't think people are tuning in just for the value to see — I don't wanna say the word 'freakshow' because that's wrong, but I think they're tuning in because they're seeing an athlete who — good on him — is running fast enough to compete." Having had both his legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday because of a congenital condition, he campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes.Having initially been banned because of his carbon fiber blades — which critics said gave him an unfair advantage — he was cleared by sport's highest court in 2008 and allowed to run at the top events.Capacity Relations, a talent management firm, earlier named Steenkamp as the victim of the shooting. Pistorius enjoyed target shooting with his pistol and an online advertisement featuring him for Nike read: "I am a bullet in the chamber." An article in January 2012 in The New York Times Magazine described him talking about how he pulled a pistol to search his home when his alarm went off the night before an interview.

At Pistorius' suggestion, he and the journalist went to a nearby target range where they fired at targets with a 9 mm pistol.Police said that earlier reports that Steenkamp may have been mistaken for a burglar by Pistorius did not come from the police.Several local media outlets initially reported that the shooting may have been accidental. Katlego Mogale told the AP that officers received a call around 3 a.m. A 9 mm pistol was recovered and a murder case opened against Pistorius.South Africa has some of the world's highest murder rates, with nearly 50 people killed each day in the nation of 50 million. statistics show South Africa has the second highest rate of shooting deaths in the world, second only to Colombia.