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Olympian Oscar Pistorius Has Been Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend On Valentine’s Day

Submitted by on February 14, 2013 – 11:30 amNo Comment

Last year, millions of people around the world were inspired by South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius, who was born without a fibula in either of his legs, made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he became the first Paralympian to ever compete in the able-bodied Olympics. Although the Olympics originally tried to keep him out of competition because they felt as though his carbon-fiber “blades” could give him an unfair advantage over other runners, he fought back through the legal system and, eventually, won the right to compete in the Olympics. And, even though he didn’t win a medal in any of his events, his participation was inspiring.

But, that inspiration has all but dried up right now. That’s because Pistorius, who was reportedly dating a model named Reeva Steenkamp, was arrested early this morning and charged with shooting and killing her in the wee hours of the morning on Valentine’s Day. According to police, the “Blade Runner,” as he’s often called, has been involved in “incidents” with his girlfriend in the past at his home in South Africa. So, while some people have speculated that Pistorius may have shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for a burglar when she tried to surprise him at his home with a Valentine’s Day present early this morning, police say that’s simply not the case.

“There are witnesses,” a police spokeswoman said earlier today, “and there have also been interviews this morning. We are talking about neighbors and people that heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place.”

So, did Pistorius really commit a heinous crime—or was it all just one big misunderstanding? Right now, we don’t know, because we don’t have all the facts yet. But, what we do know is that, regardless of the details surrounding the case, Pistorius is no longer going to serve as an inspiration to millions of people. He’s no longer going to be known as a hero. And, he’s no longer going to be able to focus on changing peoples’ perceptions of those born with a physical handicap. This shooting will forever serve as his calling card. It’s a tragedy on so many levels.

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