South African Paralympic champion, and the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, Oscar Pistorius has been accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp yesterday at his home in Pretoria.
Initial reports from South African media, and a tweet from Pistorius, framed the story of a tragic case of mistaken identity, with the athlete assuming his girlfriend, who had apparently come to surprise him with a Valentine’s Day gift, was an intruder. Police are now denying that story, and have opened a murder investigation.
“It should be a day of love for everyone,” Steenkamp tweeted the day before.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with 50 people a day being killed.
Happy Valentine’s Day.