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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Teenage daughter of US sprinter Tyson Gay shot and killed

Published 16/10/2016 | 20:01

Sprinter Tyson Gay
Sprinter Tyson Gay

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

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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, later confirmed 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 am on 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 do not 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-metre 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 metres and fifth in the 200 metres 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 did not identify Trinity Gay by name, saying a teenager 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.

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 @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 @TysonLGay and his family"


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