'MY HEART ACHES': Simone Biles breaks silence after brother's murder charge

In this file photo taken on November 3, 2018, Gold medalist Simone Biles (C) from the US poses for a photograph with her medal during the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha. - The brother of champion US gymnast Simone Biles has been arrested and charged in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting that left three people dead. Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was charged on August 29, 2019, with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury, according to a statement from police in Cleveland, Ohio, where the shooting happened. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP/Getty Images

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has broken her silence after her brother was charged with murder, admitting she’s having a “tough time processing” the news.

Soldier Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested on Thursday at Fort Stewart in Georgia following an eight-month police investigation into a fatal shooting of three people at a rental residence in Cleveland, Ohio on New Year’s Eve.

He was indicted on six counts of murder, three counts of voluntary manslaughter, five counts of felonious assault and one count of perjury, and is currently in police custody.

Simone had been silent on social media following the arrest reports, but returned to Twitter on Monday to tell her followers she’s “still having a hard time processing last week’s news.”

“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,” she added in her statement. “I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain. XO.”

Biles-Thomas will be extradited to Ohio ahead of his arraignment on Sept. 13.

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