In South Africa today, Oscar Pistorius recalled his remorse at the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. The famous Olympic “Blade Runner” shared his grief on his website this morning. Remembering Reeva and the tragic death, the pain and heartache this whole year has been.
Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead on February 14, 2013 at the luxurious home of Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend and is adamant that this was a terrible accident. Pistorius is on bail, and the trial will commence on March 3 in the Pretoria North Gauteng High Court. The trial is expected to attract international media attention as the blade runner fights for his freedom.
Reeva Steenkamp died a horrible death when she was mistaken for an intruder by Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius fired several gunshots through the closed door of the bathroom, where he suspected intruders had hidden, according to his report. Unknown to him, Reeva was in the bathroom. This killing has reportedly left Oscar devastated and he has been all-but stripped of his celebrity status, with sponsorship deals cancelled.
Oscar Pistorius appears traumatized by the unfortunate death of his lover, Reeva Steenkamp; he regretfully lives within a conscience of remorse. This devastating killing is an intense and crippling effect on any normal person. The trauma of the accident, as claimed by Pistorius, remains a heavy burden to bear.
The post on his website, exactly a year after the shooting, reflecting his remorse and heartbreak, has been received with mixed views from the public. While Pistorius continues to gain support and sympathy from his family and many fans, there are the skeptics who think he is a compassion seeker.
Oscar Pistorius remains in the public eye and the celebrity status he received before the accidental shooting has changed his future. Members of the public refer to him as a deranged man who has no sympathy for Reeva’s family, and many believe that he shot her with the intent to kill.
A year later, Pistorius still gains sympathy from international fans and people who believe the shooting a tragic accident. The perceptions of Oscar have changed since this shooting, however,and there are people who no longer respect the man. His once celebrated Olympic “hero” status has faded into the darkness, and the stigma of a killer lurks in the minds of many people.
The circumstances surrounding the incident have raised the question in many people’s minds whether there is a double standard for celebrities accused of crimes. Many believe that there is a different set of rules for the famous when accused of crime. The trying of crimes such of these in the media before they are ever set before a judge and jury has become commonplace.
Oscar received a strong support structure from family members and fans since the fatal incident that changed his life forever. A year later, however, no consensus of opinion can be claimed despite the massive public consumption of the revealed details .
Pistorius, a year later, remains a dividing figure. He has been branded a murderer by a large contingent of the public, despite considerable support. The investigation of this case extensively in the public has not done much to change the minds of those who think he is innocent or guilty of a premeditated murder.
The fact that he fired four shots points to the assumption that this was a shoot to kill exercise, but sheds little light on intent or motivation. The innocent until proven guilty presumption, however, does not seem to exist in the public sentiment, and there is no shortage of people who have accepted the position of judge and jury in declaring his guilt or innocence. However much Oscar seeks sympathy and compassion from people, there always seems to be a portion of the public determined to distrust his account.
Oscar Pistorius, a year later, declares his undying love and grief for the accidental killing of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Daylast year. Until the truth is determined in a court of law, however, Oscar will remain a scared and uncertain hero.
By Laura Oneale