South African Track Star Oscar Pistorius, AKA, “Blade Runner,” Charged With Murder Of His Girlfriend On Valentine’s Day
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If you were watching the Olympics this past summer as intently as we were, I’m sure you know the story (or at least had heard of it) of Oscar Pistorius, 26, the South African sprint runner who had to have both his legs amputated from the knee down as a child after being born with fibular hemimelia. As he got older though, he didn’t let it hold him back from being involved in wide variety of athletics, including rugby, wrestling, tennis and of course, running. He was fitted with running blades in college and never looked back, making it to both the Paralympics and the Olympics, even when people tried to say he had an unfair advantage of some sort–which he allegedly didn’t.
Pistorius has always had a very inspiring story, but now that story has taken a very sad turn. Today, South African police will charge Pistorius with murder, a decision that comes after his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 30, was found shot dead early Thursday morning in his home. There is speculation, according to the Los Angeles Times that because of unrest that was going on around the area that the sprinter was living in, Pistorius was on alert for anyone trying to break into his home and had multiple weapons in it to protect himself. Sadly, the woman was said to be trying to get into his home to surprise him for Valentine’s Day, and he had her confused for an intruder and shot her multiple times in the arm and head with a 9-mm pistol. She died at the scene. However, police say they are investigating and aren’t confirming that this bit of information about a possible Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong was true or false, and they’re also looking into past domestic incidents that were reported at Pistorius’ home.
According to the USA Today, Pistorius will appear in court on Friday, and he’s of course said to be broken up about the whole thing. According to his father, Henke Pistorius, who spoke with SABC radio news, says “If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He’s sad at the moment.”