published Monday, February 18th, 2013

Oscar Pistorius' longtime coach says he's 'in shock'

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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins the Men's 4 x 100 Relay T42-46 final at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Pistorius has been arrested after a 30-year-old woman was shot dead at his home in South Africa, early Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius' longtime coach says he's still in shock following the "heart-breaking events" of Reeva Steenkamp's shooting death, which he calls an accident.

Ampie Louw said in an email to The Associated Press that he spent time with Pistorius and Steenkamp and said that the late model, who prosecutors allege Pistorius murdered, would often accompany the double-amputee athlete and Olympian to training.

Louw, who first convinced Pistorius to take up athletics, said in a statement "I am looking forward to the day I can get my boy back on the track."

Pistorius' girlfriend Steenkamp was shot dead at his home and the 26-year-old Pistorius was arrested and charged with her murder in a stunning twist to his feel-good life story.

He will appear in court for a bail hearing Tuesday.

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