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Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles brother is charged in triple murder

imageBrother of Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles is charged in triple-murder shooting during New Year's Eve party in Cleveland AirBnB.

Biles-Thomas was arrested in Georgia on Thursday and faces extradition.

He is charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, assault and perjury.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murders.

The brother of Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles has been charged in connection with a triple-homicide on New Year's Eve in Cleveland.

Tevin M. Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested on Thursday and charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in the shooting at an AirBnB rental.

Killed in the shooting were Devaughn Gibson, 23, DelVaunte Johnson, 19, Toshon Banks, 21.



'The relentless persistence of Cleveland police homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case,' Cuyahoga County Prosecutor O'Malley told Cleveland.com. 'It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.'

Biles-Thomas, who is in the Army, is seen left with an unknown woman and right with his sister, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles

Tevin Biles-Thomas is seen with his sister Simone in a family photo

Police responded to a call of shots fired around 11.45pm on December 31 on the 4460 block of Denison Avenue.

Investigators say that a fight broke out at a party in an AirBnB rental in an apartment above a pizza shop.

Partygoers evidently became mad when uninvited guests arrived, and a fight broke out when they were asked to leave, leading to gunshots.

The shooter or shooters evidently fled the scene, and no weapons were recovered when police arrived.

In addition to the three killed in the shooting, a a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were wounded.

The shooting occurred in an apartment above this pizza shot, which was rented out on AirBnB

The AirBnB unit (above), which is still available for rental, charges $155 per night

The listing describes the unit as: 'Large comfortable space minutes from the action of the city but secluded enough to get away'

The AirBnB unit, which is still available for rental, charges $155 per night.

The listing specifies that no parties of any kind are permitted.

Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, has not commented directly on her brother's arrest.

In a tweet shortly after news of the arrest broke, she wrote: 'eating my feelings don’t talk to me'.

Her brother Biles-Thomas went to high school in Cleveland and is in the U.S. Army.

So far he is the only person to be charged in connection with the shooting.

Biles-Thomas is seen left at his 2013 graduation and right with sister Simone

Simone Biles celebrates after competing in the vault during the senior women's competition at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships August 9, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri

It is unclear what investigative steps led homicide detectives to suspect Biles-Thomas some nine months after the shooting.

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury returned an indictment on the following counts: three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of voluntary manslaughter, five counts of felonious assault and one count of perjury.

He was arrested on Thursday in Georgia and is being held without bond there at the Liberty County Jail pending extradition to Cleveland.

It was not immediately clear whether Biles-Thomas had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

He is due to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for arraignment on September 13.

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