Simone Biles’ Brother Charged In Triple Murder That Happened At New Year’s Eve Party

Tevin Biles-Thomas, who is on active duty in the Army, is in custody in Georgia and awaiting extradition to Cleveland.

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The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has been charged in connection to a triple homicide that took place at an Airbnb rental in Cleveland, Ohio on New Year's Eve.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, has been arrested and is now facing charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and perjury, Cleveland.com reports.

The shooting is alleged to have taken place sometime before midnight at a New Year’s Eve party that was being held at an Airbnb rental located above a pizzeria, according to the outlet. An altercation occurred after a group of men arrived at the party but were asked to leave because they weren't invited, police said. Shots were fired that resulted in the deaths of three men who were all struck multiple times: Devaughn Gibson, 23, DelVaunte Johnson, 19, and Toshon Banks, 21.

Johnson and Banks were pronounced dead at the scene, while Gibson was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, NBC News reports.

Two others –– a man and a woman –– who were struck by gunfire survived the incident, according to Cleveland.com.

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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 in a statement obtained by the website. “It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.”

Biles-Thomas, who went to high school in Cleveland and is an active member of the U.S. Army, is currently being held at the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia, according to NBC News. He is expected to be extradited to Cleveland for his Sept. 13 arraignment, the outlet reports.

He's the only person arrested so far in connection with the incident.

Biles, 22, has not commented publicly on her brother’s arrest, though she tweeted Thursday "eating my feelings don't talk to me." It's not clear what she was referring to. 

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