Daugh­ter of U.S. sprinter fa­tally shot

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Gary B. Graves

The 15-year-old daugh­ter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, has been fa­tally shot in Ken­tucky, the ath­lete’s agent and au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day. Trin­ity Gay died at the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

LEXINGTON, KY. >> The 15-year-old daugh­ter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay has been fa­tally shot in Ken­tucky, the ath­lete’s agent and au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

Trin­ity Gay died at the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the coroner’s of­fice for Fayette County said in a state­ment. The ath­lete’s agent, Mark Wet­more, con­firmed in a text mes­sage to The Associated Press that Gay’s daugh­ter had died.

Lexington po­lice said in a state­ment that of­fi­cers went to the park­ing lot of a restau­rant near the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky cam­pus in Lexington about 4 a.m. Sun­day af­ter wit­nesses re­ported an ex­change of gun­fire be­tween two ve­hi­cles. Of­fi­cers lo­cated one of the ve­hi­cles and stopped two peo­ple for ques­tion­ing, the state­ment added.

Po­lice spokes­woman Brenna An­gel said po­lice don’t be­lieve Trin­ity Gay was in ei­ther of the ve­hi­cles in­volved.

Tyson Gay com­peted in the last three Sum­mer Olympics. He was part of a team that won a sil­ver medal in the 4x100-me­ter re­lay at the 2012 Lon­don Games though that medal was ul­ti­mately stripped af­ter Gay tested pos­i­tive for steroids in 2013.

Trin­ity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High in Lexington and fin­ished fourth in the 100 me­ters and fifth in the 200 me­ters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May, records show. She also ran on a 4x200 re­lay team that fin­ished fourth. Her fa­ther, who ran years ear­lier at Lafayette, still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001.

The po­lice state­ment didn’t iden­tify Trin­ity Gay by name, say­ing a ju­ve­nile who was struck at the scene was taken by pri­vate ve­hi­cle to the UK Hos­pi­tal and later pro­nounced dead. Po­lice were still search­ing for the sec­ond ve­hi­cle, po­lice said, adding they are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate.

A tweet from Ken­tucky High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mis­sioner Julian Tack­ett tweeted that he was stunned: “Shocked to hear of death of Trin­ity Gay. A life of such po­ten­tial cut so trag­i­cally short. Sym­pa­thies to Tyson and en­tire fam­ily.”

USA Track and Field also tweeted, “Send­ing our thoughts & prayers to (at)TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & sense­less loss of his daugh­ter, Trin­ity.”

And NBA vet­eran Vince Carter of the Mem­phis Griz­zlies tweeted his sym­pa­thy as well: “Many prayers up to (at)TysonLGay and his fam­ily”

Last sum­mer’s Games in Rio fea­tured an­other sting­ing dis­ap­point­ment for Gay, 33, who has bat­tled in­juries. He was a member of the Amer­i­can men’s 4x100-me­ter re­lay team that fin­ished third in the fi­nal be­fore be­ing dis­qual­i­fied for an il­le­gal ba­ton ex­change be­tween Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin. The team’s ap­peal was de­nied, giv­ing Canada the bronze medal.

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