Tyson Gay’s daughter was killed in a shootout early Sunday when a stray bullet hit the aspiring runner outside a barbecue restaurant in Kentucky at around 4 a.m. The daughter of the Olympic sprinter was hanging out with friends at the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant in Lexington when the tragedy struck.
The 15-year-old was rushed to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. She was then pronounced dead. The bullet that hit her in the neck came from a random shootout, more frequent than not in Kentucky and neighboring areas, as reported by Lexington Herald.
“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,” said the heartbroken Tyson Gay.
According to police reports, the gunfire happened between a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows that remains unidentified. Two people from the Dodge Charger have been taken into custody; a search for the other vehicle is still on. Trinity was not part of either gangs, said a spokesperson for the Lexington police in a statement.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the shooting that claimed the life of Trinity Gay wasn’t an isolated incident. Shots were reportedly fired in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant previously since it opened in 2014. One such incident took place in March but no one was injured.
“She was so innocent, she was so innocent,” Shoshana Boyd, the mother of the deceased, told the Daily News in a tearful interview.
“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.”
Trinity was a top sprinter for Lafayette High School. Tyson Gay is an alumnus of that school.
Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett tweeted that he was “Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.”
“Tragedies like this require us to pull together as a caring community, and we are doing that. As our police investigation into the death of this young woman continues, we have reached out to family and, in this case, to our schools, to ensure everything possible is being done. I want to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. And I would call upon anyone who can provide assistance to police to please step forward.”