Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed to celebrate love and happiness, but for a worldly-famed Olympian, Paralympic star it became a nightmare. South African track star 26-year-old Oscar Pistorius was arrested after police found his 30-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead at his home in Pretoria this morning.
Pistorius who is one of the most celebrated athletes present-day, making history last year as the first double amputee runner to compete in the Summer Olympics in London – after a long battle to compete in the games. And as of today’s ordeal, many are shocked of the drastic turn of events that unfolded.
Police responded to a call to Pistorius’s home, with what neighbors said was a place filled complaints of domestic nature. According to reports, the athlete shot his girlfriend four times on the head and upper body until she died, during the dawn hours of Thursday. Earlier, many reporters and sources speculated that he had mistaken his girlfriend as an intruder, but police verified that these reports were invalid.
He was taken into custody this morning. Court hearings will take place tomorrow and bail for release has been restrained. Television, websites, and other media outlets have pulled his advertisements off until further noticed. As for now, an athlete, who inspired the world with his remarkable resilience and abilities, have now shattered his image with unforeseen tragedy.