The South African athlete, dubbed the "blade runner"- the man who made history just a few months ago at the London Olympics definitely did not think his Valentine’s Day would turn out to be a nightmare!
When most of the people in love reminiscing about their valentines, he was in court, charged with murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was found dead at his home in Pretoria.
Within a matter of hours, his billboards were torn down by sponsors and people who had spent hours and even days trying to book him for events were striking him off their lists and looking for replacements!
Many are even speculating about a dark side to Pistorius that they say have been overlooked amidst all the hero worship.
They talk about incidences when he was reported to have threatened to break the legs of businessman; of his friends warning of his risk-taking and sleeplessness and being out of control and crashing his motorbike as well as a speed boat! The police saying that there had"previously been incidents and allegations of a domestic nature at the home of Mr. Oscar Pistorius," doesn’t help the Olympian’s image as well!
A writer from The New York Times seems to have admitted that Pistorius told him of his sleeplessness and extra ordinary paranoid behavior.
On Valentine’s Day, Pistorius allegedly fired four bullets into his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp's head, chest and arm at his home in the capital, Pretoria.
According to those initial reports, Pistorius mistook Steenkamp for an intruder as she entered his residence at 3 a.m.
"I spoke to him at his house and when we went upstairs to his bedroom so that our photographer could take photos of his running blades, that was when I saw the weapons," said McEvoy.
Reeva Steenkamp, the South African model and Pistorius’ girl friend was looking forward to Valentine's Day with her boy friend-little knowing that she will not get to enjoy it. Rather her life will be cut short by none other than her own lover. .
The 30-year-old model had been planning a birthday surprise for her new boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, a man she had described to local newspapers as "impeccable" and "thoughtful" in the gifts he bought her.
Steenkamp was law-school graduate, model, and reality-TV star and the South African face of Avon cosmetics.
She had much to live for.
Only time will tell what really happened at Oscar Pistorius’ residence on Valentine’s Day. But so far it seems like in her effort to surprise him, Reeva spooked him into shooting her. Unfortunately fatally!
He is being reported to be very upset and in anguish over what has happened.
Speculations will continue till the real events are unfolded.
In the meanwhile, the world knows him as a man with extraordinary strength and perseverance who fought against luck and achieved what he aimed for through not giving up and hard work.
Was he messed up in some way? Did he need help? Or was it just an unlucky incident? Let’s wait for time to reveal and not cast stones.