Yesterday (Sept. 2), Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles broke her silence following the news of her brother's arrest.
"Still having a hard time processing last weeks news," she wrote as her caption on Twitter alongside an image of her full statement. "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. XO."
This is Biles' first official statement following the news. Last week, Biles tweeted, "Eating my feelings don't talk to me," which fans believed was her way of coping with the troubling situation. Tevin Biles-Thomas, Simone's brother, was charged with six counts of murder, three counts of voluntary manslaughter, five counts of felonious assault and one count of perjury that all stemmed from a shooting that took place on New Year's Eve in Ohio.
Last year, a shooting took place after a group of invited guests entered a home. Unfortunately, the situation left many harmed including Delvaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21. Devaughn Gibson, 23, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Next month, Biles-Thomas will have his arraignment, which will take place on Sept. 13 in Ohio. Until then, Biles-Thomas is being held without bond in Georgia, according to CNN. Cleveland Division of Police Chief, Calvin Williams, thanked the Cuyahoga County for their efforts. "We appreciate our partnership with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office and are confident that their efforts will bring justice for the families affected by this terrible incident," Williams said.
Simone Biles' statement following her brother's arrest can be found below.
still having a hard time processing last weeks news pic.twitter.com/GU0nQt2PZY— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2019