VICTIM: Trinity Gay, seen here with her father Tyson, was shot and killed on Sunday
THE DAUGHTER of American sprinter Tyson Gay has been confirmed as the victim of a shooting outside a restaurant in Kentucky on Sunday morning (October 16). 15-year-old Trinity Gay, a rising athlete in her own right died from injuries sustained following a shoot-out in a car park.
The teenager, believed to have been caught in the crossfire of a suspected gang attack, was hit in the neck when a group of men in two cars started shooting.
Confirming the death of his daughter, the Olympic sprinter told local TV station LX18: “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.”
Her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the New York Daily News: “She was so innocent, she was so innocent. 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.”
The teenager is reported to have been a bystander as gunfire erupted between two vehicles in the early hours of Sunday morning. Three people have now been charged in connection with the incident.
Chazerae Taylor, 39, and his son, 19-year-old D'markeo Taylor, are charged with wanton endangerment, according to Lexington Police. Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His arrest citation says he was in the car park and "fired multiple shots at the time of the incident".
Another man who was being questioned has not been charged and police say the investigation is ongoing.
Tyson Gay is the USA’s 100m record holder and is the second fastest athlete ever, after Usain Bolt.
Gay's daughter Trinity was on the track team at Lafayette High School, WKYT reports.
In a statement, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said: "Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence.
"Please join us in keeping the Gay family close in thought and prayer and supporting the students, staff, and families at Lafayette High during this unspeakably difficult time."