Amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius Charged with Killing Girlfriend
Tragic news involving a hero of last summer's Olympic games.
Oscar Pistorius, who made history in 2012 as the first double-amputee sprinter in the Olympics, was charged with murder on February 14 for killing his model girlfriend, according to the New York Times.
The victim, 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, was found shot to death in Oscar's home in South Africa. Police say they plan to oppose Oscar's application for bail, as Oscar is the only suspect.
Reeva and Oscar, who is 26, had been spotted at various society events in South Africa, and they were treated as a golden couple who were frequently photographed in the society pages.
Reeva is a model whose Twitter page describes her as a "cover girl" and a law school graduate.
Oscar apparently told police that the shooting was an accident, as he had mistaken Reeva for an intruder, but police have ruled that out as a possibiity. South Africa has an extremely high rate of armed robbery.
Oscar earned two gold medals and a silver at the Paralympic Games in London last year, and he was among the most inspiring stories of the 2012 Olympics when he competed in two sprinting events.
He is known by the nickname Blade Runner, as he races using carbon fiber blades as prosthetics.
Reeva had been looking forward to Valentine's Day, as she wrote on her Twitter page on February 13, "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???"
Oscar's father told reporters, “I don’t know nothing. It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate. I don’t know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will be Oscar. He’s sad at the moment.”
Our thoughts are with the victim's family and loved ones at this time.