After gravity-defying gymnastics great Simone Biles won a fourth gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she reflected on what the support of her parents and four siblings meant to her. “My family has always been with me every step of the way,” she told People just hours after her victory. “I can count on them to always have my back.”
Now those bonds of family are being tested. On Aug. 29 Simone’s brother Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, an active-duty Army specialist, was charged with multiple counts of murder stemming from a fatal shooting at a Cleveland house party last New Year’s Eve that left Delvante Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and DeVaughn Gibson, 23, dead. Biles-Thomas has yet to enter a plea and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13. As news broke of his arrest, his famous sister took to Twitter with a terse message: “eating my feelings don’t talk to me.”
Though Simone, 22, and her brother grew up separately—she was raised by her grandparents with her sister near Houston, and he grew up in Cleveland with another sister, raised by a greataunt—she wrote about how much she missed him and wished him luck via social media when he entered the Army in 2014. In a 2017 post with smiling photos of the siblings, she wrote about how people thought they looked like twins.
While Cleveland police refuse to provide details about the case, citing the ongoing i