Friday, February 15, 2013
WHAT A SAD VALENTINE DAY! WHY OSCAR PISTORIUS SHOT DEAD HIS GIRLFRIEND
Valentine is a day in which everyone is supposed to show love to each other. There are various meanings and definition of love.Also there numerous ways of showing love to others. It was suppose to be a day wherein people are happy and don't think of disaster.
However, for model Reeva Steenkamp, girlfriend to South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius who, according to report, mistook her for a burglar and shot her in his house by 3am on Valentine's day.
Now the gist is that Pistorius has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.
Pistorius is understood to have shot her in the head, chest and arm, although the circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear. Initial reports coming from South Africa suggested he may have mistaken her for a burglar, though the police later denied this.
This piece of news shocked everyone, including myself that such a thing happened on a day considered to be lover's day.
That Reeva Steenkamp was killed on Valentine's Day added poignancy to the news. Just the day before, she had gone on Twitter to write: "It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!"
The news stunned South Africa also because Mr Pistorius belonged to "sporting royalty", said South African broadcaster Daniel Silke, and people in the country are very familiar with his life story.
"He is of course someone who has overcome great difficulty and tragedy in his own personal life," he told the News Channel.
"His exposure through the Olympic Games, being able to run in the Olympics - not just in the Paralympics - has placed him amongst the sporting royalty in South Africa, and indeed globally."
He made history in London last year when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
Pistorius dominated in his category at successive Paralympic Games, but in 2008 he won a legal battle over his blades - which critics said gave him an unfair advantage - with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the right to compete in able-bodied competitions.
He reached the 400m semi-finals in the London 2012 Olympics. At the Paralympics he won silver in the T44 200m, gold in the 4x100 relay and gold in the T44 400m, setting a Paralympic record.
He is known as the "blade runner" because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he races in. He was born without a fibula in both legs and had his legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday.
Police were called to his home in the early hours of Thursday morning.
They found paramedics treating a 29-year-old woman with four gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. She died at the scene, and officers recovered a 9mm pistol.
Police say neighbours heard screaming and shouting around the time of the shooting, and that they had been called to investigate incidents of a domestic nature at the same house in the past.
A spokesperson for Pistorius said that he is 'assisting police with their investigation into the death of a 30-year-old woman at his home this morning'.
Police confirmed they will oppose bail and also revealed they have interviewed neighbours who 'heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place'.
Brigadier Beukes confirmed that 'a 26-year-old man has been arrested and has been charged with murder,' and said police were aware of media reports the death may have been an accident, caused by suspicions of a break-in, but said that those reports did not come from information provided by police.
'There was no sign of forced entry or persons who weren't supposed to be there at this stage,' she said.
'The South African Police Service was surprised to hear allegations on the radio this morning that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar. The allegations did not come from us.
'The deceased was a friend of his.'
Police said at this stage there is no other suspect involved. Forensic tests were continuing on the premises.
Beukes added: 'There were only two people on the premises: the resident and the deceased.'
Pistorius is a national hero in South Africa and the world's biggest star in Paralympic sport.
The sprinter won two gold medals and a silver at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Brigadier Beukes said police were aware of previous incidents at the house where Pistorius lives.
There have been reactions to this unfortunate incident especially from Pistorius colleagues
Many athletes shared the shock and dismay at the news from Pretoria.
"Woken up to the horrendous news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend," wrote Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis on Twitter. "What an awful tragedy."
Katharine Merry, who won bronze at 400m at the Sydney Olympics, tweeted: "One of the nicest guys , true gent....omg [Oh My God] .....in shock for oscar and this situation. Imagine, just imagine..."
Later she added: "Still lying in bed staring at the ceiling........Really?? Really?"
Police later said they were "surprised" by such a theory and were not the source for it. Mr Pistorius is now facing murder charges and is expected to appear at court on Friday.
Paolo Urbani, the mayor of the Italian town of Gemona where Pistorius had a training base described him as "a delightful person".
"The news shocked not only me personally but also the whole of Gemona and the region,'' he said.
His former coach in Italy, Andrea Giannini, said he hopes this turns out to be "just a tragic accident", reported the Associated Press (AP) news agency in Italy.
Steenkamp's family were "devastated" by news of her death, an unnamed person described as a close friend of the family told South Africa's City Press.
The 29-year-old model was set to star in South African reality television series Tropika Island Of Treasure.
The killing has also sparked discussions about the levels of crime in South Africa.
Concerns over violent crime and gun control were also re-awakened among South African people, with local broadcaster and commentator Daniel Silke saying many people lived "often on edge in their home".
According to Silke,"Many South Africans live in fear of violent crime, there's a high crime rate in the country and South Africans are often on edge in their home, particularly in the early hours of the morning when they hear noise,"
It would be recalled that in 2004, Springbok rugby player Rudi Visagie shot dead his 19-year-old daughter Marle after mistaking her for a robber trying to steal his car in the middle of the night.
A day to valentine, i lost a good friend, and a staunch follower of this blog/site, Elizabeth Okosun, who died after battling with a long time sickness. A beautiful and pretty model, she was level headed and very caring She was always smiling and very positive about life.
Then as if that wasn't enough, Nigerian singer, Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey popularly known as Goldie died on valentine's day as well
The 28-year-old singer and former Big Brother housemate, just arrived the country from the US , where she was a guest at the just concluded Grammy Awards.
What are sad valentine day!