Daughter of Olympian Dies in Shooting

By Kelsey Mitchell, National News Writer

On Sunday October 16th the life of Olympic track athlete Tyson Gay’s daughter, Trinity, was taken by a stray bullet in a shooting in Lexington, Kentucky.

15 year old Trinity Gay was out with friends at a local Cook Out when a shootout between two cars ensued. Around 4 a.m., Trinity posted to her Twitter account at 2:19 am writing, “Of course they start shootin’”.

Trinity was caught in the crossfire when a stray bullet struck her neck. Trinity was brought to the University of Kentucky’s Medical Center where she later passed.

Tyson Gay came quickly from his Orlando home after receiving the news of his daughter’s injuries. In an interview with WLEX, he stated, “She didn’t make it…It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”

In an interview with Daily News, Trinity’s mother Shoshana Boyd stated that Trinity had aspirations of becoming a surgeon. Trinity was also earning her own reputation as a track star. Boyd stated her grief for her daughter’s death; “I should never have to bury my child… She wanted to be the fastest woman in the world, and they took that away from her.”

Trinity was on a fast track to living up to her father’s Olympic reputation, taking part in her school’s track team. Trinity attended Lafayette High School, the same high school her father had attended before making his break as an Olympic athlete. She was one of the top sprinters at her school, and had hopes of following her father’s footsteps as an Olympian.

The surrounding communities responded to Trinity’s tragic passing with love and sympathy. Gay’s coach, Crystal Washington, stated that “The kids were really close with her,” and that she was a good student. Manny Culkin, superintendent for Fayette County Schools stated “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 thought and prayer and supporting the students, staff, and families at Lafayette High during this unspeakably difficult time.”

The misfortune also received notice from the U.S. Track and Field team, who tweeted “Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.”

So far, Lexington police have charged 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D’Markeo and 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks with wanton endangerment.

Middlebrooks has also been charged with possession of a firearm. Police are also in search of two other vehicles supposedly involved with the shooting.

The shooting has brought out the sympathy of differing groups in regards to gun control policies in the county.  Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, a pro-gun Republican tweeted “A 15 year old is dead … This senseless tragedy is one more sad example of a crumbling culture … Truly heartbreaking!” Sharon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America stated, “My heart aches for Trinity’s family, friends and all of Lexington”.

The funeral for Trinity Gray was held Saturday October 22nd at Southland Christian Church in Lexington.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.

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