Olympian Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter, Trinity, passed away early Sunday morning. The teenager was pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m. at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, located in Lexington. The shooting, which involved two cars, occurred near the University of Kentucky campus at a Cook Out restaurant parking lot. Based on descriptions given by witnesses, police are actively searching for at least one of the drivers. Witnesses told authorities that gunfire had exchanged between someone in a dark-colored sports car that had tinted windows and a gray Dodge Charger. So far, the Dodge Charger has been found and two people are being detained for questioning.

Trinity Gay, who was a promising sprinter in her own right, was struck in the neck by a bullet but was not inside either car. She placed fourth in the state final of in the girls 100m distance and in the 200m event, Trinity was a state champion for her region. Numb with pain, Tyson Gay told reporters that his daughter did not make it. The sophomore sprinter attended Lafayette High School where her dad once ran and was a fourth-generation sprinter.

Outpouring of condolences

An outpouring of love continues to flow for the Gay family through phone calls and Twitter. Fayette County, Kentucky Superintendent Manny Caulk released a statement which reads, in part: “Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence.” Ato Boldon, a former rival of Tyson Gay’s, tweeted his condolences to the family as did the USA Track and Field and other sports world figures.

This is truly another tragic and senseless loss due to gun violence.

An Olympic size heartbreak

Tyson Gay is a four-time 100m champion and is the 2007 world 100 and 200-meter champion. He did not medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games due to suffering from a hamstring injury. Gay and the American team finished second to the Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt in the 2012 London Olympics.

However, the Americans were stripped of the medal in 2014 because of a positive test by Gay.

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