US Olympian Tyson Gay’s daughter shot dead, suspect arrested
The teenage daughter of former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay has been reportedly shot dead in in the US state of Kentucky.
According to the police, Fifteen-year-old Trinity Gay was randomly hit in the neck during a gunfire exchange between two vehicles outside a barbecue spot in Lexington.
The 15-year-old Trinity Gay was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Cente, where she later died.
Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel reportedly said police don’t believe Gay’s daughter was in either of the vehicles involved.
Tyson Gay was quoted by LEX18 as saying: “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.”
Authorities said the firing took place around 4 a.m. Sunday at the parking lot of a Cook Out restaurant, where a group of men in two cars opened fire on each other. Lexington police said they have located one of the two cars involved in the shootout.
Police have arrested one man in connection with the crime, CNN reported.
Media reports revealed Trinity Gay was a rising track star, following in her father’s fast footsteps.
As an athlete of Lafayette High School in Lexington, she had finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet. Moreover, she was also part of the 4×200 relay team that finished fourth.
Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Julian Tackett tweeted: “Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.”
Athletes and other personalities, including the US track and field athletics team, have also expressed their condolences.
Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.
— USATF (@usatf) 16 oktober 2016
Tyson Gay won gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay at the 2007 world championships in Japan. He won silver medal for the 100-meter relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was also was part of the relay team at the Rio Olympics.
In 2014, Gay had received a one-year ban from the U.S. Doping Agency.