Brother of top gymnast Simone Biles charged over triple murder

The brother of one of the world’s best gymnasts Simone Biles has been charged with murder after a shooting which left three people dead.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, of Cleveland, was arrested on Thursday in Georgia over the New Year’s Eve incident.

Police and prosecutors said that an “uninvited group” entered an Airbnb rental property in Cleveland before an “altercation” between them and the invited guests.

The fight lead to a shooting which killed Delvante Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and Devaughn Gibson, 23.

Two other people were injured.

Biles-Thomas, who serves in the US army, faces counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury, according to prosecutors.

He is in custody in Hinesville, Georgia, until a hearing on 13 September.

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Simone Biles, 22, is considered to be one of the best gymnasts in history.

She is a four-time gold medallist on the US gymnastics team and the most decorated American gymnast of all time.

Earlier this month, she hit headlines after becoming the first woman to land a triple-double in the floor event.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the Senior Women's competition of the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the Sprint Center on August 09, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri
Image: Simone Biles is considered to be one of the best gymnasts in history

Over the last few days she has tweeted, indicating she needed space, although she did not specifically refer to the case.

She wrote on 29 August: “Let people assume incorrectly” and a day later, she tweeted: “Eating my feelings, don’t talk to me”.

Simone and her brother were raised in Cleveland by their grandparents.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive an autographed surfboard presented by US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on behalf of the 2016 US Olympic team during a ceremony honoring the 2016 US Olympic and Paralympic teams during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, September 29, 2016
Image: Former US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Simone Biles in 2016

Source: SKY NEWS

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