Days after her brother was charged in a triple slaying, Simone Biles says her heart aches 'especially for the victims'

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September 03, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Simone Biles' brother charged with triple murder

Simone Biles

By Christina Maxouris

(CNN) — Olympic gymnast Simone Biles said Monday night she was "still having a hard time processing last weeks news," days after her brother was charged in a New Year's Eve shooting the left three people dead in Ohio.

The five-time Olympic medalist and 14-time world champion said on Twitter that her "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," she posted. "I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy as we deal with our pain."

Tevin Biles-Thomas has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in a Dec. 31, 2018 shooting in Cleveland.

Authorities said the shooting started after a group of uninvited guests walked into a home and a fight began.

Two people — Delvaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21 — died at the scene. A third person, Devaughn Gibson, 23, later died at a hospital.

Tevin Biles-Thomas
Liberty County Sheriff

Biles-Thomas was identified by Cleveland Police as the shooter. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.

Biles-Thomas was arrested Aug. 29 in Liberty County, Georgia, where he is being held without bond pending extradition to Cuyahoga County, the Liberty County Jail said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13 in Ohio.

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