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Monday 19 February 2018

Life is not a joke, Tyson Gay tells mourners at daughter's vigil

Former Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay speaks to mourners gathered in memory of his daughter Trinity (AP)
Former Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay speaks to mourners gathered in memory of his daughter Trinity (AP)

Thousands have joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil in Kentucky for his 15-year-old daughter who was shot dead at the weekend.

Gay, 34, stood with the emotional crowd on the track at Lexington's Lafayette High School where he and his daughter Trinity had excelled at the sport.

He thanked people for showing support after his daughter's death early on Sunday after gunfire erupted outside a restaurant in Lexington.

"I want you guys to love each other, have peace and protect each other," Gay said, adding he was numb from crying over his daughter's death.

"That's what Trinity would have wanted. Life is not a joke."

Many in the crowd wore pink and purple - Gay's favourite colours - with some holding up balloons in those hues that were released into the air. Several pairs of track shoes hung from a fence.

Trinity Gay was a standout sprinter, placing in the top five in several events at the state championships in May. Her father, who competed in the last three Summer Olympics, still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001.

Three men will appear in court on October 25, facing charges in connection with the shooting.

They appeared on Monday via video link before Judge Bruce Bell at Fayette County, Kentucky, District Court.

Judge Bell set bail at 5,000 dollars each for Chazerae Taylor, 38, and his son D'Markeo Taylor, 19, on wanton endangerment charges.

Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bail was set at 12,500 dollars.

All three have have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lexington police say Middlebrooks was in the car park of the Cook Out restaurant and fired multiple shots during the incident in which Trinity was killed. Court records show the Taylors admitted also firing shots.


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