Speaking out. Simone Biles broke her silence on Monday, September 2, for the first time since her brother, Tevin M. Biles-Thomas, was arrested after he was charged for triple murder on August 29.

“Still having a hard time processing last week’s news,” the 22-year-old wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Of course, fans couldn’t help but reach out to the gymnast on the internet. One person wrote, “Process it in your own time. Be kind to yourself. Remember what is important to you in this time,” while another echoed, “There is a lot we can do on social media to encourage you, which we are, and everyone is behind you. But I hope your gymnastics family will get behind you and offer you support as well.” A third chimed in, writing, “Stay strong, Simone. Your fans love and support you!”

It seems like the Ohio native has been leaning on her boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr., after the incident. One day after the news broke about Tevin’s arrest, the 25-year-old hunk took to his Instagram Story to share a motivational quote that seemingly referred to what Simone was going through. “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life,” the quote read. “They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.”

As In Touch previously reported, Tevin was arrested in Fort Stewart, Georgia, after a fatal shooting at an Airbnb in Cleveland left three people dead. The incident actually took place on December 31, 2018, at a New Year’s Eve party, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office told In Touch in a statement. “Around 11:30 p.m., an uninvited group walked into the house and an altercation ensued between the uninvited guests and those who were invited,” he said. “The altercation led to gunfire and multiple victims were shot, three of which were fatal. Several party attendees fled the scene.”

Simone Biles Releases Statement After Brother Was Charged With Triple Murder
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“The relentless persistence of Cleveland Police Homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor O’Malley said. “It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.”

We are thinking of Simone and her family during this tough time.

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