Fifteen-year-old Trinity Gay, the daughter of Olympian sprinter Tyson Gay, was shot outside a restaurant in Kentucky and died later at the University of Kentucky Medical Center on Sunday.
The place of death and other details were confirmed in the statement released by the coroner’s office for Fayette County.
“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 thoughts and prayer and supporting the students, staff, and families at Lafayette High during this unspeakably difficult time,” Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk stated.
Tyson’s athlete agent Mark Wetmore sent a text to The Associated Press where he confirmed that the athlete’s daughter had died of injuries. According to reports, Trinity was caught in a gunfire exchange by two vehicles.
Trinity was hit in the neck while the crossfire continued between the people in the cars. Lexington police revealed the whole incident in a statement after the witnesses claimed to have seen the victim being caught in the gunfire. Officers have located one of the vehicles and also taken two people into custody for further interrogation. Police also believed that the victim did not belong to any of the vehicles involved in the firing.
Tyson confirmed the news of his daughter’s death to LX 18, a local TV network, where he had an emotional breakdown as he remembered “she was just here last week” during her fall break. It seemed difficult for him to accept what happened.
Meanwhile, mother Shoshana Boyd told a media outlet that her daughter was “so innocent.” She said that she wanted people involved in firing incidences to realize who they were hurting.
Meanwhile, following the Trinity Gay death incident, Fayette school spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall announced via an email that grief counselors will be present at Lafayette High School to help students and staff. According to the ESPN, the matter is still under investigation.