Simone Biles Speaks Out on Brother's Murder Arrest: 'My Heart Breaks for Everyone Involved'

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Gymnast Simone Biles released her first public statement Monday following the shocking arrest of her brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, in connection with three murders in Cleveland.


“Still having a hard time processing last weeks news,” wrote Biles on Twitter. She also posted a screenshot of a prepared statement: “My heart aches for everyone involved, especially 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,” Biles continued, before asking people to respect her family’s privacy “as we deal with our pain.”

Biles-Thomas’ arrest was announced Thursday. The 24-year-old soldier is facing multiple murder charges, as well as three counts of voluntary manslaughter, and five counts of felonious assault related to a shooting at an Airbnb in Cleveland on New Year’s eve that left three dead, The Washington Post reports:

Police and prosecutors in Ohio say a group of people showed up uninvited to a New Year’s Eve party at a Cleveland apartment above a pizzeria that was being rented as an Airbnb. After being asked to leave, a fight broke out and someone in the group started firing a gun at around 11:30 p.m. Devaughn Gibson, a 23-year-old barber; DelVaunte Johnson, a 19-year-old student; and Toshon Banks, a 21-year-old laborer, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Two other people were shot but survived.

The five-time Olympic medalist lived with Biles-Thomas and two sisters in foster care until they were adopted by relatives. Simone was 6 years old when she and one sister were adopted by their grandfather in Texas; her older brother and another sister were taken in by a great-aunt living in Cleveland, the Post reports.

Biles-Thomas was arrested August 29 in Georgia and is currently being held without bond before he’s transferred to Cuyahoga County, Ohio. His next court hearing is scheduled for September 13.

Staff writer, The Root.



Alternate headline: “Woman Badgered Into Commenting on the Actions of a Man Connected to Her.