Friend of Pistorius Shocked at Arrest

Pistorius’ friend, San Diego's Marlon Shirley, calls the situation a "tragedy"

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    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 en route to appear in court charged with murder. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court Thursday after a 30-year-old woman who was believed to be his girlfriend was shot dead at his home in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Chris Collingridge) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

    A San Diego athlete who competed with and against an Olympic runner accused of killing his girlfriend said he is shocked to hear the news of his friend.

    Oscar  Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his high-tech artificial legs that were made here in San Diego, was arrested in South Africa Thursday morning for allegedly murdering his girlfriend.

    Friend of Pistorius Shocked at Arrest

    [DGO] Friend of Pistorius Shocked at Arrest
    Marlon Shirley, a Paralympic runner and friend of Oscar Pistorius, said he is surprised by the news of Pistorius' arrest in South Africa. (Published Thursday, Feb 14, 2013)

    Pistorius’ friend, San Diego's Marlon Shirley, was at one time the world's fastest amputee and went head to head with Pistorius in multiple races. They ran side by side in the 100 meter final at the Beijing Paralympics

    Shirley - the two time defending gold medalist ruptured an Achilles tendon while Pistorius won the gold and went on to become a household name.

    Pistorius and Shirley are friends that worked closely together with Ossur, the San Diego company which makes the carbon fiber blades for their legs.

    Shirley said he saw the news on TV and was the most shocked he has ever been in his life.

    "How would you expect to wake up or get online and see that the greatest Paralympic athlete is involved in such a tragedy,” he said.

    Paralympic Long Jumper, Lex Gillette had a similar reaction after getting the news off Twitter.

    "It definitely took me off guard, but we still have a lot of athletes out there who have a really big impact as well,” Gillette said. “There's a major part of me that hopes he didn't do it."

    Shirley said he hopes the Paralympics and all of the good things they represent don't somehow suffer because of this. He also said the messenger may be flawed, but the actual message of overcoming obstacles and breaking barriers is not.