January 15, 2019

Was it murder or a mistake?

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A dramatic story from CNN.com. Read the article and try to repeat it aloud, improving your English pronunciation.
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Oscar Pistorius, 27, and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, were a young, attractive and high-profile couple who were popular in South Africa’s social circles. The runner who won six Paralympic gold medals and was the first double amputee runner to compete in the Olympics, was an international superstar. Cover girl Steenkamp, soon to star in a TV reality show, was on the cusp of becoming a celebrity in her own right.

But everything changed before dawn on Valentine’s Day 2013, as Steenkamp lay lifeless in a pool of blood on the floor of her boyfriend’s house (…). Moments before, Pistorius says, he had pointed his 9mm pistol towards an upstairs toilet room and fired four bullets through the locked door.

He says he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar. The state says it was cold-blooded murder.


Article by Nick Thompson
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circle (n) a group of people who are connected because they have the same interests
amputee (n) a person who has had an arm or a leg amputated
cusp (n) a time when one situation or stage ends and another begins
lifeless (adj) dead or appearing to be dead
burglar (n) a person who enters a building illegally in order to steal
cold-blooded (adj) showing no feelings or pity for other people


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