Simone Biles ends silence on brother's arrest: 'My heart aches' over 'terrible tragedy'

Simone Biles said she still was having a hard time processing her brother's arrest over his alleged involvement in a triple murder.

Simone Biles' brother is the only person charged in the shooting.   -  AP Photo

Simone Biles broke her silence on her brother's arrest for his alleged involvement in a triple murder.

The Olympic gold medalist said she was having a hard time processing the news and that she was devastated over the "terrible tragedy."

“My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families,” Biles posted on Twitter. “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.”

Biles' brother, 24-year-old Telvin Biles-Thomas, was arrested at the end of August after he allegedly shot and killed three people at a New Year's Eve party in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to the police report (via, Biles-Thomas is accused of shooting and killing Devaughn Gibson, 23, DelVaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshon Banks, 21, after a fight broke out at the party and several people were asked to leave.

Biles-Thomas' arrest comes after an eight-month investigation into the murders. He was also charged with voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury and is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 13.

Biles currently is training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She and Biles-Thomas did not grow up in the same household, since she was adopted by her maternal grandparents and Biles-Thomas lived with another relative in Cleveland after they, along with their other two siblings, were placed in foster care when Biles was three.

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