The 15-year-old daughter of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay died Sunday after she was caught in the crossfire in the parking lot of a popular Kentucky restaurant, according to various media outlets.
Trinity Gay was shot in the neck about 4 a.m. outside a Cook Out restaurant during a shootout between occupants of two vehicles, reports WKYT. The innocent bystander, who was following in her father’s footsteps, was a rising star on the track team as a sophomore at Lafayette High School, reports say.
Tyson Gay also attended the high school, and went on to become a world 100-meter and 200-meter champion. Online condolences to the family poured in after the shooting:
One of the cars involved in the shooting was identified as a dark colored sports car and the other a gray Dodge Charge, reports the television news outlet.
In a statement, Lexington police say 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D’Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment in the early Sunday shooting.
Police charged another man, 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks, with the same count and a weapons charge. Investigators say Middlebrooks was in the lot and fired multiple shots.
Police say they’ve also found two vehicles involved.
The New York Daily News reports that Trinity aspired to be a surgeon:
“She was so innocent, she was so innocent,” her mother, Shoshana Boyd, 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.”
Boyd said her daughter wanted to become a surgeon — but also hoped to match the athletic glory of her famous father.
The investigation continues.
Three Men Arrested In Shooting Death Of Daughter Of Olympic Sprinter Tyson Gay was originally published on globalgrind.com