Four days after her 24-year-old brother was arrested in connection to a triple homicide that took place in Cleveland, Ohio on December 31, 2018, iconic gymnast Simone Biles is speaking out.
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Tevin Biles-Thomas was taken into custody on Thursday, August 29. Authorities believe Biles-Thomas allegedly shot and killed three men on New Year’s Eve last year while attending a party at an Airbnb.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 30, 2019
According to People, the shooting took place after an “uninvited group” of people showed up to the party and an altercation ensued.
The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Delvante Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks, and 23-year-old Devaughn Gibson.
At the time of the shooting, Biles-Thomas was an active-duty U.S. Army service member based in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He has officially been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and perjury. However, he has not yet entered a plea.
Now, Biles-Thomas’ younger sister, 22-year-old Olympian Simone Biles has issued a statement after learning about her brother’s alleged involvement in the triple homicide.
still having a hard time processing last weeks news pic.twitter.com/GU0nQt2PZY
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2019
In a tweet shared on September 2, she wrote:
My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families. There is nothing that I can say that will heal anyone’s pain, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain. XO
The Olympian added that she’s “still having a hard time processing last weeks news.”
It’s unclear the last time Biles saw her older brother. As CBS News reports, the siblings didn’t grow up in the same household after Simone and her little sister, Adria, were adopted out of foster care by their maternal grandfather at a young age.
Biles’ now adopted father and mother raised the Olympian and her sister in Houston, Texas. Biles-Thomas and their other sister Ashley remained in Ohio after being adopted by their great aunt.
Biles-Thomas is expected to appear in court on September 13. He remains in Georgia while being held in the Liberty County jail.