The last several days have been difficult for Simone Biles. The greatest gymnast in the world couldn’t tumble, pass, soar or flip past this news.
On Thursday (August 29) Biles’ brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, was arrested and charged in a New Year's Eve shooting the left three people dead in Ohio.
The 14-time world champion and 5-time Olympic champion took to Twitter on Monday (Sept. 2) night and said:
"[her] heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families."
Biles also asked for her family’s privacy to be respected as they deal with the traumatic events.
Tevin Biles-Thomas has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in a December 31 shooting in Cleveland.
Two victims, Delvaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21, died at the scene. The third victim, Devaughn Gibson, 23, later died at a hospital.
Biles-Thomas was arrested in Liberty County, Georgia, where he is being held without bond pending extradition to Cuyahoga County.
He is scheduled to be arraigned September 13 in Ohio.
Biles did not grow up with her brother, Tevin. According to the Daily Mail, Biles' mother, Shanon, said her family was forced to step in and help raise her children due to substance abuse issues.
The children were in and out of the foster care system in Ohio before Simone and her sister Adria were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ronald Biles, and his wife.
The other two siblings, Tevin and Ashley, were taken in by Ronald's sister and are believed to have been raised in Cleveland.
Many fans have offered their support for Biles since the news broke.
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