- Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Getty Images
- Five days after her brother was charged in a Cleveland New Year’s Eve shooting that left three people dead, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is breaking her silence.
- Biles called the event, “a terrible tragedy,” and expressed her condolences for the families affected.
- Biles also said “her heart aches for everyone involved,” and asked people to “respect [her] family’s privacy.”
- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Tevin Biles-Thomas with 15 counts including murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and perjury in connection to the shooting.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has remained silent in the five days since her brother was charged in connection to a deadly Cleveland shooting that left three people dead. Now, she’s breaking that silence.
In a tweet uploaded Tuesday morning, Biles published a screenshot of what appears to be a letter written on a phone notes app with the caption, “still having a hard time processing last weeks news.”
still having a hard time processing last weeks news pic.twitter.com/GU0nQt2PZY
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2019
“My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families,” Biles wrote. “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.”
Biles’ brother was charged with a triple murder in connection to a New Year’s Eve shooting at an Airbnb in Cleveland.
Biles’ brother, 24-year-old Tevin Biles-Thomas, was charged last Thursday in connection to a New Year’s Eve shooting at a Cleveland Airbnb that left three people dead. According to a news report filed by WKYC after the shooting, a group of uninvited men reportedly joined the party and started shooting when they were asked to leave. Two people reportedly died on the scene from gunshot wounds while another died after being rushed to a nearby hospital. Two additional people were injured.
Prosecutors charged Biles-Thomas with 15 counts, including murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and perjury in connection to the shooting. According to NBC News, Biles-Thomas is an active duty member of the US Army, where he serves as a cannon crew member for the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart. A spokesperson for the base told NBC News Biles-Thomas was deployed to Korea in 2018.
While Biles and Biles-Thomas are biologically related, the two did not grow up with each other, according to USA Today. Biles, Biles-Thomas, and two other siblings were reportedly placed in foster care when Biles was three years old.