South African Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius Charged With Murdering Girlfriend


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Oscar Pistorius, one of the heroes of the past Olympic Games in London, has been charged with murdering his girlfriend in South Africa.  Pistorius made history by becoming the first paralympic runner to compete in the Olympic games.  Despite the fact he didn’t medal, he was the greatest story of the games.  Due to his high-tech artificial running blades, he was nicknamed Blade Runner.  Reeva Steenkamp, his model girlfriend and a woman who spoke out on Twitter against the rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the early hours of the morning, at his home.  Four gun shot wounds speaks volumes that this was a crime of passion and uncontrollable anger.  We of course don’t know at this point if he fired more than four times, but four shots hit the victim.  Pistorius was taken in to custody and questioned for several hours before leaving the police station accompanied by officers.  He was wearing a grey, hooded sweat jacket, which covered most of his face.  All police would say is that a twenty-six year old male would appear in court and be charged with murder.  Police do not release the names of suspects in South Arica until the suspect appears in court.  However, police did confirm that there had ”previously been incidents at the home of Mr. Oscar Pistorius.”  A 9mm pistol, believed to be used in the murder, was recovered from the scene.  Police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home at the time of the death of Steenkamp and ”there is no other suspect involved.”  Thus ends the historic story of triumph for Pistorius who had both legs amputated below the knee before he turned one year of age.  He campaigned to compete against able-bodied athletes but was continually denied because it was believe the running blades would give him an unfair advantage.  But in 2008, he was cleared to run and compete at the top-level competitions; the highlight being the Olympic games where he competed in the individual 400m event and the team 4X400m relay.  In addition, he retained his 400m title in the paralympic games.  What’s so ironic, is despite his almost super human ability to overcome and thrive, even with his handicap, he was brought down by the all too common human frailty and instinct for violence.

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