Simone Biles is one of the greatest athletes of all time. While her professional career keeps reaching new heights, her personal life has seen some serious lows. Now, her older brother has been arrested for a triple homicide.
Tevin Biles-Thomas (24) was arrested last week on charges related to a fatal New Year’s Eve shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. The incident took place at an Airbnb rental property, where a group of men allegedly crashed a party. The intruders started shooting when they were asked to leave.
Delvante Johnson and Toshaun Banks were pronounced dead at the scene; Devaughn Gibson died at the hospital. The victims were all between 19 and 23 years old. Another man and a woman were injured during the shooting.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, who has been on active duty in the Army for several years, was apprehended in Georgia last week. He is awaiting arraignment on September 13.
At first, Simone Biles caught some negative press for her lighthearted social media post on Instagram over the weekend, which featured herself and two friends in cutoff shorts and crop tops celebrating Labor Day weekend. Biles captioned the photo “girls day to drink happy thoughts.”
Later, she took to Twitter to issue a more thoughtful statement:
“My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families. There is nothing 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,” Biles wrote.
She continued with a plea for privacy as she and her family try to process what happened.
Simone Biles is no stranger to family tragedy. She was placed in foster care at the age of three because of her birth mother’s drug addiction.
Eventually, her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, were able to adopt Simone and her younger sister, Adria. Tevin Biles-Thomas and their other sister, Ashley, were both adopted by their great-aunt.
Despite a rocky start to life, Simone Biles has gone on to become the most decorated gymnast of all time. When a gymnast lands a skill no one else has done before in an international competition, it is named after them–and Simone Biles already has two skills that bear her name.
In August, it was reported that she’s close to having yet another skill on her list. The “triple double” tumbling pass she landed in practice was mesmerizing–and it’s one of the hardest passes every performed by a gymnast.
While Biles can’t escape her brother’s notoriety at the moment, it’s likely to be just a footnote in her incredible career.