Sad news out of Kentucky. Trinity Gay, daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, has died after being shot in Lexington. Tyson confirmed his daughter’s death during a conversation with LEX18.

“She didn’t make it,” Tyson said. “I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”


According to police, Trinity was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. Two parties began shooting at each other from their automobiles in front of Cookout eatery early Sunday morning. Trinity was struck in the neck and taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she later died.

Tyson’s daughter was definitely following in her father’s footsteps as an athlete. The 15-year-old was a sprinter at Lafayette high school in Lexington who finished fourth in the 100-meter relay and fifth in the 200 meters race.


Dozens took to social media to give their condolences to Tyson Gay upon hearing of his daughter’s death. “Heavy heart today for Tyson Gay and his family,” wrote star athlete Lolo Jones. The Fayette County school district tweeted, “Please join us in keeping the Gay family close in thought and prayer and supporting Lafayette during this unspeakably difficult time.”

The mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray, also commented on this weekend’s events. “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.”

Tyson Gay is a four-time United States Champion in the 100-meter race and the recipient of several gold medals. His personal best record of 9.69 in the 100-meter category makes him the second-fastest sprinter in the world. The only track star who can beat such record is Usain Bolt.

Trinity was Tyson Gay’s only biological daughter.



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