Teen Daughter Of Olympic Sprinter Tyson Gay Killed In Shooting
The 15-year-old daughter of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay has died after being shot outside of a Kentucky restaurant, police said.
Trinity Gay was in the parking lot of Lexington’s Cook Out restaurant at around 4 a.m. Sunday when witnesses reported gunfire exchanged between two vehicles, police said in a statement. The teen was fatally shot in her neck, LEX 18 News reported, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Trinity was following in her father’s footsteps as a sprinter at Lafayette High School ― the same place where Gay got his start, according to the school.
Her father, who now lives in central Florida, expressed shock at the morning’s senseless violence.
“She didn’t make it. I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened,” he told the local news station.
The teen’s mother echoed the same heartbreak.
“She was so innocent, she was so innocent,” Shoshana Boyd told the New York Daily News. “I just want people to stop shooting and realize who they’re hurting. It’s just random. They don’t understand, they don’t understand who they’re hurting.”
Police said one of the two vehicles involved in the shootout, a gray Dodge Charger, has been located, and two people were detained for questioning. As of Sunday, authorities are still working to track down the second vehicle, which is described as a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows.
A police spokeswoman told The Associated Press that the slain teen is not believed to have been in either of the two vehicles.
Trinity’s school and fellow athletes have since expressed their condolences to her family and community on Twitter.
Tyson Gay, who was born in Lexington, earned three gold medals at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. In the 2012 Olympics in London, he took home a silver medal in the 4×100 meters relay team but later lost it after testing positive for a banned substance in 2013.
Anyone with information about Sunday’s shooting is encouraged to contact police by texting LEXPD, plus the tip, to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be submitted anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or on their website.
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