Twitter Reaction: Oscar Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp

10:20 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
Reeva Steenkamp is seen during a photoshoot in this undated portfolio picture supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg.
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(USA Today)-- Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic star known as the Blade Runner, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa.

The shock and sadness of this news manifested itself on Twitter early Thursday morning. But even amid the instant reaction, four old tweets -- from Pistorius and his girlfriend -- are getting the most attention on social media.

More: Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

(1) Steenkamp's final tweet was a cheery reply to a friend who had invited her to a Valentines Day celebration with chocolate cupcakes topped with red hearts. It read: "I'm there like a bear!!! Yayyyy!!!!"

(2) One of her last tweets: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay"

(3) Steenkamp's tweet from Wednesday morning: "It's a beautiful day!Make things happen.Starting my day off with a yummy healthy shake from my boo :) #healthyliving"

(4)@OscarPistorius bragging about his score at a shooting range in November 2011: "Spent the afternoon at the Tormezzo Italian Shooting range. Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!"

Steenkamp often posted tweets of encouragement for people to fight sexual abuse. "WEAR BLACK THIS FRIDAY IN SUPPORT AGAINST #RAPE," she retweeted just hours before her death.

More: Who was Pistorius' girlfriend?

Here is more of the reaction from around Twitter.

* Columbia University's Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan: "Reading w/ horror about shooting of @reevasteenkamp & arrest of @OscarPistorius."

* New York Times' Christopher Clarey: "Would urge everyone to take deep breath, exhale at length & not rush to judgment on #Pistorius Skip the jokes, too. A young woman has died."

* University of Maryland journalism professor Kevin Blackistone: "One of those stories you don't imagine coming, but we don't really know these people we deify. We really don't."

* USA TODAY Sports' Joe Fleming: "Don't even know what to say."

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