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Pistorius’ Uncle Says Athlete ‘Numb with Shock’

Antoine De Ras / Independent via AP

Antoine De Ras / Independent via AP

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ uncle says the Olympic athlete is “numb with shock, as well as grief” over the shooting death of his girlfriend at his home in South Africa.

Arnold Pistorius spoke Saturday with The Associated Press and two South African journalists about his nephew’s arrest for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius remains held at a Pretoria police station over the slaying. Prosecutors say they will pursue a charge of premeditated murder against him. Arnold Pistorius said the family “strongly refutes” any murder charge against him, though he did not elaborate on what sparked the shooting on Valentine’s Day.

Arnold Pistorius said: “They had plans together and Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time.”


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