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Tragedy on Valentine's Day

20 February 2013, 13:01

The first time I read about Reeva Steenkamp's death, I thought it sounded like a Verdi Opera. The young hero, deeply in love with a young princess (modern era: model), just to kill her on their first Valentine's day.

After reading many comments and tweets regarding Oscar Pistorius's story on what happened on Valentine's Day, I'm impressed on how superficial people really are. The "evidence" people believe strong enough to dismiss his story has not had a second thought.

The most common thing everyone find is: ¿Why was she locked up in the bathroom?  It's actually a very common habit. I lock the bathroom's door every single time I get into a bathroom. I'm just used to it. Sometimes I'm by myself in my house, and I lock the bathroom door. Whenever I notice I did, it's like, why did I lock it up if there's no one here? But I don't even unlock it right away, because honestly it doesn't mean anything.

The second thing everyone seem to be so curious about, is the fact that he didn't miss a shot on the victim. I mean, c'mon. What are the odds that he could miss a shot in a bathroom if the other person is standing in the center. This point actually calls my attention on a very different perspective: If she was running away from him, and locked herself in the bathroom, she wouldn't have stayed in a position that is easily reached. She would have moved to one corner of the door. She would have gotten in the tub. She would have gone out through the window (which didn't have bars, the reason Pistorius thought an intruder was getting inside the house through the bathroom and fired).

I know. Despite everything, Pistorius's story just sounds really hard to believe. But it's believable. And sometimes, awful and strange accidents happen. Humanity is so weak and we miss that point so many times. Having guns in your house is like forgetting how delicate human life is. Most times it ends in tragic incidents, rather than legitimate defense against intruders.

Pistorius didn't hide anything. Not even that cricket bat. He informed everyone about the situation. He did try to revive her (if he wanted her dead, he would've just waited for her to die, not hard with that amount of shots). He has not said any contradictions.  

He had the leading role in the most bizarre and heartbreaking incident, and most people are not willing to hear his story. They have been closed to it from the very beginning... Before they knew any details.

And, on a human perception... I've seen the pictures, I've seen the videos. That man is heartbroken. He has real pain going on. He has no cold blood as other do, to kill like that. He projects that kind of pain you would have, if you accidently killed the love of your life.

Operas are characterized by the fact that they always end worse than they could due to society's superficial judgment. It would be a perfect opera if Pistorius had accidently killed the love of his life on strange circumstances and, on top of that, society had not believed him, and therefore sent him to prison for the rest of his life. I hope we don't give Oscar a Opera titled "Tragedy on Valentine's day". I hope we think this through.

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