“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,” she wrote on Twitter. “I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain,”she added. Her brother, 24-year-old Tevin Biles-Thomas, faces charges including two counts of murder, one count of voluntary manslaughter, multiple counts of felonious assault and perjury. He was arrested late last month after an eight-month investigation. He is set to be arraigned Sept. 13.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is currently preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer. She did not grow up with Biles-Thomas. She and three other siblings were placed into foster care when she was three. Her and her younger sister then grew up with their maternal grandfather and his wife in Houston, while Biles-Thomas and their other sibling moved to Cleveland with a different relative. Simone often refers to grandparents as mom and dad.