Simone Biles spoke out for the first time on Monday following last week’s arrest of her brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, for a triple murder in Ohio on New Year’s Eve.
Authorities allege Biles-Thomas was behind the trigger when a New Year’s Eve party held at a Cleveland Airbnb turned deadly. WKYC-TV in Ohio reports a confrontation took place when uninvited guests showed up. Shots were fired, and in the aftermath three men were left dead. In her first statement on the murders the Olympic gold medalist posted on Twitter,
“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.”
still having a hard time processing last weeks news pic.twitter.com/GU0nQt2PZY
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2019
Biles-Thomas has been charged with multiple counts of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and one count of perjury. His arraignment is scheduled for September 13.
Originally from Ohio, Biles and her three siblings’ family structure was torn apart by their mom’s drug addiction, forcing the children to grow up in separate homes.
Biles and her sister moved to Texas to live with their grandfather, while Biles-Thomas and another sister stayed in Ohio and were raised by their great aunt.