Olympic sprinter, Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter, Trinity Gay, was fatally shot at Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky.
According to reports, the beautiful, young athlete was shot in the neck early this Sunday morning of October 16. Her father who spoke to local news is understandably in shock:
"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, "
Reports say that a group of men in two cars outside of Cookout fired shots at each other around 4:00 a.m., before speeding off down the street. Police confirm that Trinity was shot in the neck and taken to UK Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Police have charged three men involved in the shooting: Dvonta Middlebrooks, along with father and son, Chazerae M. Taylor, 38 and D'markeo C. Taylor, 19.
Trinity's family says that she was an innocent bystander, just spending time with her friends. She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, when the shots were fired.
Trinity was an aspiring track athlete, a sprinter like her father. She ran for the Lafayette High track team in Lexington and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state track meet in May.
Her father, Tyson, also competes in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. In the 100 meter dash, his personal best of 9.69 seconds in the 100 meter dash is the American record. He is tied for second fastest athlete ever, after Usain Bolt.
Messages of condolence have been flooding in as her town and her family are still reeling from the shock of her sudden and tragic death. Concerned citizens are calling for action and demanding an end to gun violence.
"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. I should never have to bury my child," said Trinity's mother, Soshana Boyd.
Our prayers go out to Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay and his family during this tragic time.