South American runner Oscar Pistorius was one of the most inspirational stories of the summer. The man known as “Blade Runner” gave hope to those who have had to overcome tough circumstances in their life as he made it to the top level in his sport and Olympic history by becoming the first double amputee to compete in the games. Pistorius won the gold in the Paralympic games later in the year, but now his life has taken a turn for the worst.
Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend and he will be appearing in court on Thursday. Steenkamp was shot in the head and arm with a 9 mm pistol.
The 26-year-old Olympian is believed to have murdered model Reeva Steenkamp in his home. He was present at the time of her murder and there are not other suspects involved, per the reports. There were reportedly “other incidents” at the Olympians home leading up to the murder of Steenkamp.
Some reports state Pistorius mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.
“It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who’d come in to try to surprise him for Valentine’s Day, was an intruder. It’s alleged that he shot her in the arm and head. I think what this actually highlights is the level of fear ordinary South Africans have. This is a man who has gone to bed, it’s an innocent surprise from a girlfriend and the moment he thinks someone is trying to break in he grabs his gun.
“This has come as a complete surprise for a man who’s considered a national hero,” South African journalist Kalay Maistry said.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said they were unable to comment on the situation at this time. “Our thoughts are with the respective families at this time,” the organization said.
We will learn more details after Pistorius appears in court. Our thoughts go out to the entire Steenkamp family.