US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter shot dead
Trinity Gay, also a talented runner, is believed to have been hit during a shootout between two cars at Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky. She was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead within an hour.
Witnesses reported that gunfire was exchanged between a grey Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows, police said.
Trinity, who was shot in the neck, was not in one of the cars.
“She didn’t make it,” Gay told local TV station Lex 18. “I’m so confused – she was just here last week for fall break.
“It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”
Police are questioning two suspects after matching their vehicle to the description of the Charger involved in the shootout. They are still searching for the other vehicle.
Trinity was a top junior sprinter and a rising star on the track team at Lafayette High School.
Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, took to Twitter to pass on his condolences.
Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.— Julian Tackett (@jtackettkhsaa) October 16, 2016
USA Track & Field also posted a sympathy message on its official Twitter page.
Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.— USATF (@usatf) October 16, 2016
Trinity’s father has competed in each of the last three Summer Olympics.
He was part of the team that won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the London 2012 Games, although that medal was subsequently stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids at the US championships in 2013.
He still holds the US 100m record with a time of 9.69 seconds.