‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Charged With Fatally Shooting Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Author: February 14, 2013 11:42 am

Oscar Pistorius is the 26-year-old South African paralympian who was born without a fibula in both of his legs. He was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics by wearing carbon fiber prosthetic legs. He overcame claims that his Flex-Foot Cheetah carbon fiber trans-tibial prostheses gave him an unfair advantage after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rule that restricted these devices. He was even named one of the sexiest men alive by People magazine.

Reeva Steenkamp was a beautiful 30-year-old model and a law school graduate. According to the New York Daily, she described herself as the three B’s: brainy, blonde, bombshell. NBC News reported that she had been dating Pistorius for several months.


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Reeva retweeted a rather telling if not “premonitional” tweet from South African singer songwriter, Lindiwe Sutttle.

Anyone following her Twitter feed (@reevasteenkamp) would have no inkling that there was a problem. It seemed she was ready for a happy Valentine’s Day. This, from The Huffington Post:

According to Reuters, police launched an investigation after the body of 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp was found at the sprinter’s home on the outskirts of Pretoria.

Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale told The Associated Press that officers found a 9-mm pistol at the scene.

Police spokesperson Captain Sarah Mcirca also confirmed that the victim was shot in the arm and the head, USA Today reported.

Oscar Pistorius was charged with her murder on Thursday. The circumstances of the shooting are yet to be released.

This is one more senseless death with a gun. Studies have shown, conclusively, that the presence of a gun triples the chances of a woman being killed in a domestic dispute. Would a background check  have saved Steenkamp? That’s not clear, but it’s indisputable that our obsession with “moar gunz!” is a contributing factor.

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  • Thank you for writing about HER – as a person. Most of the reports I’ve read talk about HIM – she is his girlfriend – in many instances without even acknowledging her as person with a name and a life.
    May Reeva Steenkamp RIP and my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

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