Murder charge against Olympian stuns friend

5:47 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
South Africa's double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius prepares before competing in the men's 400m semi-finals at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in London. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GA -- Angelo Taylor is an Olympic gold medalist who competed with Oscar Pistorius, the suspect in a bewildering murder case. The victim is his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius became one of the world's most visible Olympic athletes when he competed on prosthetic blade-shaped legs.

"It's definitely a tragic situation," Taylor said Thursday. "And my heart goes out to the families involved. But we just don't know (what happened). We don't know right now."

Taylor said Pistorius inspired many athletes by competing at the highest level, despite a potentially crippling disability.

"He's inspired so many, so many people. Even myself, you know, to continue to push on. Very high level of respect for this guy," Taylor said.

Taylor is among those mystified by a story that he says is completely at odds with the man he knows and came to respect.

"It's hard," Taylor said. "I'm just waiting to see what happens."

A formal murder charge is likely next, expected in a South Africa courtroom Friday.

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