The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has been arrested on Aug. 29 for allegedly killing three men on New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31, 2018, when a fight broke out between two groups.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and perjury, reported Cleveland.com.
An “uninvited group” entered the Airbnb rental property in Cleveland where the party was being held and “an altercation ensued” before there were gunshots, said a statement from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, reported CBS,
Delvante Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and Devaughn Gibson, 23, died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Sports star Simone Biles, the brother of the only man charged in the case in question, wrote a statement 4 days after her brother’s arrest.
She wrote, “Still having a hard time processing last weeks news.”
“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,” wrote Biles, “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 was on active duty in the U.S. Army and is being held at a Georgia jail, CBS reported.
“The relentless persistence of Cleveland police homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case,” Cuyahoga County prosecutor Michael O’Malley said. “It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.”
Biles-Thomas is going to be arraigned on Sep. 13.
Stacey Ervin Jr., Simone’s boyfriend, alluded to her family in an Instagram post on Aug. 31, saying, “The strongest people I’ve ever met have not been given an easier life,” the post on Friday read. “They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places,” reported People.
The couple was celebrating their 2 year anniversary in early Aug, reported People.
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According to USAToday, Simone didn’t grow up with Tevin. Simon, Tevin, and two other siblings were taken to foster care due to their mother’s drug and alcohol problems.
Simone and her younger sister were later taken in by their grandfather and his wife who eventually adopted and raised them in Houston, where the Olympic gold medalist currently resides.
Tevin and the other sibling were taken into another household and were raised in Cleveland.
my brother tevin | everyone says we look like twins but we don’t see it pic.twitter.com/WnljD48rMQ
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 11, 2017