Published time: 3 Sep, 2019 13:49
The US most decorated gymnast, Simone Biles, has broken her silence over her brothers triple murder charges, saying that she is having a hard time processing the recent news.
The four-time Olympic champion also expressed condolences to the families and victims of the New Year shooting which left three people dead and two injured.
The tragedy took place in Cleveland, Ohio, after an “uninvited group” reportedly began fighting after being asked to leave.
Shots were fired during the fight, leading to the deaths of 19-year-old Delvante Johnson and 21-year-old Toshaun Banks who died at the scene; 23-year-old Devaughn Gibson died later in hospital.Also on rt.com All gold for Simone? Biles lays down the gauntlet ahead of Tokyo 2020 with sensational triple-double
The gymnast’s elder brother Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested last week in connection with the triple murder.
“My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families,” Biles wrote 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,” Simone continued. “I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain. XO.”
The multiple world and Olympic champion didn’t grow up with her siblings. She and her younger sister were adopted by their biological grandfather and his wife.
Biles’ other siblings, Tevin and Ashley, were placed into foster care before being adopted by their aunt, who raised them in Cleveland.
Biles-Thomas, 24, who is an active-duty US Army service member, is set to appear in court next week.