In the early hours of October 16, the teenage daughter of one America’s most famous Olympians was shot dead. Trinity Gay, 15, the daughter of Tyson Gay, was pronounced dead in Kentucky after being shot in a restaurant parking lot at around 4 a.m. She was rushed to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital where she was pronounced dead. In brief comments to Lex 18, Tyson Gay said, “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.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. So Far, 3 People Have Been Charged in Relation to the Shooting
Kentucky.com reports that the gunfire happened was between a gray Dodge Charger and an unidentified sports car. The website adds that two people from the Dodge Charger have been taken in for questioning.
Lex 18 reports that three people, Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, Chazarae Taylor, 38, and D’markeo Taylor, 19, have been charged with wanton endangerment. Middlebrooks, who has drugs convictions, was also charged with felony possession of a firearm. Chazerae Taylor and D’Markeo Taylor are father and son.
Officers are still looking for the second car. A spokeswoman for the Lexington police, Brenna Angel, told Kentucky.com that Trinity was not in either of the cars that were shooting.
2. She Tweeted at 2 a.m. that She Had Witnessed a Shooting
At around 2 a.m., Trinity tweeted that she was at the Cook Out restaurant, at 855 South Broadway, close the University of Kentucky campus. She also wrote, “Of course they start shootin.'” Lex 18 reports that Trinity was shot in the neck.
3. Her Mother Says Trinity Wanted to Become a Surgeon
Trinity was the daughter of Tyson Gay and his former girlfriend, Shoshana Boyd. According to her Facebook page, Shoshana is also a graduate of Lafayette Senior High School and lives in Georgetown, Kentucky. She’s a graduate of Kentucky State University.
Shoshana 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. I should never have to bury my child.” She added that her daughter had wanted to become a surgeon.
A 2007 USA Today article on Tyson mentioned that Trinity lived with her mother in Lexington. Her father lives in Clermont, Florida.
4. Gay Was Sprinting Star at Her Father’s Alma-Mater
The Kentucky.com report on Trinity’s death refers to her as a “top sprinter” at Lafayette High School. Her father was a graduate of the school and competing on their track-and-field team prior to representing the United States at three Olympic games. At the 2015 100-meter dash state championship, Trinity finished in fourth place. The Guardian reports that Trinity was a regional 200-meter champion. In 2014, Kentucky.com reported that Tyson watched her daughter compete in an event at the Tyson Gay Invitational track and field competition. She told the website after winning in her event, “It feels great. Because I can actually go after what [Tyson Gay] was doing, and doing really good.”
The editor of MileSplit Kentucky, Chris Hawboldt, told Kentucky.com, “Being the rising star that she was, we hadn’t seen her best yet. She was sweet and obviously a quality athlete, but more importantly she was good for the track-and-field community in Lexington.”
The principal of Lafayette High School, Bryne Jacobs, tweeted, “We are devastated to lose Trinity. Our Lafayette family will come together to provide love and support for our students and one another during this tragic time.”
5. Her Passing Has Led to an Outpouring of Emotion on Social Media
As news of her death spread, Twitter erupted with those paying tribute to the 15-year-old. Here are some of the most poignant messages:
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