Track and field

HS sprinter Trinity Gay, daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, dies in shooting

Tyson and Trinity Gay (Photo: Twitter)

Tyson and Trinity Gay (Photo: Twitter)

Kentucky high school track star Trinity Gay, the daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, died early Sunday morning after a shooting at a Lexington restaurant, according to media reports.

Trinity Gay, 15,  a sprinter for Lafayette High who placed multiple times at the state meet, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her neck. Lexington Police had responded to a call at the Cook Out restaurant, not far from the University of Kentucky campus, before 4 a.m.

According to the Fayette County coroner, Trinity was pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m.

Police say two cars exchanged fire and then drove away. Gay was not in either car, police said.

MORE: Three arrested in shooting death of HS sprinter Trinity Gay

Tyson Gay told WLEX on Sunday morning that he was on his way to Lexington from his home outside Orlando.

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

Her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the New York Daily News that her daughter wanted to become a surgeon and hoped to follow in her father’s Olympic footsteps. Her goal was to become the fastest woman in the world.

“She was so innocent, she was so innocent,” her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the New York Daily News. “I just want people to stop shooting and realize who they’re hurting. It’s just random. They don’t understand, they don’t understand who they’re hurting. I should never have to bury my child.”

Trinity Gay tweeted about the restaurant shortly after 2 a.m. and then “Of course they start shootin”.

According to MileSplit, Trinity was a state runner-up in middle school in the 100 meters. More recently,  she placed fourth at the state 3A meet in the 100 meters, fifth in the 200 meters and was part of the fourth-place 4×200 meter relay team.

“Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence,” Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement. “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.”

Lafayette High School Principal Bryne Jacobs said in a statement on Twitter, “We are devastated to lose Trinity. Our Lafayette family will come together to provide love and support for our students and one another during this tragic time.”

Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett offered his condolences via Twitter.

Tyson Gay also attended Lafayette High before making the Summer Olympics three times.

Condolences poured in from Lexington and the track community.

71 comments
Senselessmurder
Senselessmurder

I don't know all of the details....These adult men who senselessly decided to randomly fire into a crowd of people hanging out late way past a reasonable hour meet the profile of killers. They are hotheads without a sense of responsibility. My child stays at home. This tragedy could have happened at 2pm. It usually doesn't.

EstellaDavis1
EstellaDavis1

trinity tweeted something about the restaurant, cook out?  who was cook out, that was so fat?  she, trinity, was truant?  she must have had a curfew?

scrumm21
scrumm21

So very tragic!! 


( And remind me.....when are the BLM protesters arriving to protest the epidemic black on black murders taking place )

Pastor Anthony Rogers
Pastor Anthony Rogers

My deepest condolences May the peace of God rest upon you and the family Tyson love you much.

KeJorn
KeJorn

"Of course they start shootin" 

1:19 AM - 16 Oct 2016


After 2am? so 1:19am was server time and an hour off?


Also, how long did the shooting spree go on? She sent a tweet before getting hit with a stray bullet? WTF...


So sad for her family. Prayers and condolences. Very tragic.

jadacomm
jadacomm

she tweeted that not about the restaurant but about a party that she attended before heading to the restaurant, they've gotten that part confused

hoodstrong69
hoodstrong69

http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03401.asp?qaDate=2010

the time of day this tragedy occurred is not relevant...nor do I see the race of the shooter(s) mentioned anywhere in this article...if the shooting death of a 15 year old girl doesn't bother you enough to keep your racist comments/thoughts/theories to yourself, you are beyond hope...pos that think that way are a dying breed...they just happen to have a little pedestal to chirp from right now...ignorance always loses.

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AlinaRoy

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KellyCornaire
KellyCornaire

Do you blacks have any clue what black people did to help shape this country? You should be ashamed. You Disrespect your own race. Those blacks that worked hard for you and helped form a nation would be turning in their graves if they knew how you disgrace their collective

jazzqt
jazzqt

@RobertMoore3 Yet the surprising fact is that majority of Black people have no African dna..interesting. 

davebdb
davebdb

@RobertMoore3 I refer black as blacks, but I would rather just say American Citizen.  Unless you are from Africa and then became a US citizen.  Do the English (UK) call their black citizens African-English?  And black is my favorite color.  

So for me referring to a person of color, it is not a derogatory thing for me to characterize by color.  I don't consider any color to be better than the other.  I just don't like referring to AA because not all blacks are African descent.  This is the problem with political correctness.  As I said, if you are born here and your parents are US citizens at the time, you are to me an AMERICAN and I will treat you as such.  If you're parents are immigrants or you came here and then became a citizen, then I would append the country of origin, but will still treat you the same as other citizens.  It is called respect.  


I think the OP should have said the thugs/gangs who are doing the wreckless and pointless killing who needs the wake-up call, not saying blacks in general, because there are a good number of black citizens who do want a better life here.  A lot of good hard working citizens, some of my friends in that category are EMTs, saving lives of everyone else.  

RobertMoore3
RobertMoore3

I prefer african america because we were stolen from africa. Secondly the color black is soo black im light brown. Since you view us as american citizens why do you have to label us a color. Why not just say "individual's" dont say you blacks. Makes you sound racist

RobertMoore3
RobertMoore3

Dont say you blacks. Please refer to us as african american. Yes we have an issue but what if they put whites in a box with no jobs and horrible education and blacks were cops and locked u all up for years for small drug possession. What if whites were enslaved for 400 years and had no hope so the only people they turn on is themselves. You have some nerve saying you blacks.

gsnaxks15
gsnaxks15

Look at white people you all are meth heads so look at your race. You shouldn't get on here talking about blacks because you sound so uneducated.

EstellaDavis1
EstellaDavis1

@davebdb @RobertMoore3 robert, personally, i like to refer to people by their first or last name.  this girl died.  i am sure no one sees that except a hurting thing for her loved ones.  surely god is able.  but, at the close of the presidency that was the first one representing african americans or black americans, surely we can call or refer to each other in some way other than 'thugs'.  actually, i don't even know what a thug is if i had to define the word and i don't consider myself dumb.  i said that because i do not want this girl's life to be in vain, nor do i want president barack obama's two terms to be in vain, either. so i am going to ask the question that i did not know until san francisco forty niners colin kaepernick's protest showed it.  the united states flag which is held in honor similar to the way the national athemn is held, is directly correlated to the economic disparity between black americans and white americans where black americans are always the poorest and white americans are always the richest.  any change leaves the blacks getting poorer at the expense of the white getting richer.  again, i did not know this and i wondered if you knew before colin kaepernick's protest called attention to this fact?  if you ever wondered if there was deliberate and direct effort to keep blacks poor in america, after colin kaepernick's protests, you should be a lot clearer why that situation has existed so long in america.

RobertMoore3
RobertMoore3

I totally agree. We has african americans have felt this way for years. The disparity was handed down fromnmy father who got it from his father and so forth. Colin did a great thing and was crucified by white america. Ues we have this epidemic with black on black crime but we were programmed. I recommend you research the willy lynch letters to getna better understanding

davebdb
davebdb

@EstellaDavis1 @davebdb @RobertMoore3 The definition of a thug is a violent person, ruffian, criminal, etc.  NOTHING in the definition defines race.  It describes the shooters perfectly as we do not know the race of the shooters.  Could have been white gang members.  Doesn't matter as to race when you are committing a crime.  Especially a violent crime, shooting at each other.  I am Pro2A, but the NRA along with myself do not support guns in the hands of criminals.  It is NOT responsible use of a firearm.  

Anyways if you want to know the definition of a thug, look it up in the dictionary.  Heck, I use the term when I play my tabletop games (table top role playing games) when describing a character who is like a bully-ish "bad-guy".  

Now onto your comment about blacks being always the poorest and whites always being the richest.  That is a false statement.  Mainly because of your usage of the word "always".  The majority may be, but there is a lot of poor white families out there too, and even homeless.  Maybe my "middle-class" (sorry for Marxist term) suburb is different than most, but I see a lot of poor white and a few well off blacks in it.  

Kaepernick disgraces our country by his kneeling.  Now why do I say this.  Protest in another method instead of disrespecting the country.  The FLAG is a symbol of the country, and this country ALLOWS people to make the choices to make the best of themselves.  Now the poor choices other people make either to themselves or that hurt others is a reflection of the PEOPLE, not of the COUNTRY.  

Now I find Obama being the first black president failing as his job of uniting the country.  He seems to be separating it more (especially after tragedies) instead of uniting.  I cover this a lot in many of my Facebook posts when I watch some of his press conferences.  He fails at uniting and finding a common ground to work on.  But that is just my opinion.  Others may view it differently.  

I do agree with you I prefer to call people by their first/last names.  I have no preference as to color, gender, ethnicity, etc when it comes to association.  I do take into account their character.  If you act like an A*(#$&E then you are considered that way.  I treat everyone equally at first.  Even people who have been given a bad reputation.  I may be cautious, but I will give them the chance to show me who they really are.  I manage a group of volunteers at an event involving Emergency Medical care.  Several of these members are black, asian, white, hispanic, etc and both male and female.  I treat them all with respect and how I view them comes to their professionalism and character and how they perform their duties.  

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jadacomm
jadacomm

WHY ARE YALL SO WORRIED ABOUT THE TIME?? It doesn't matter, 15 or not we're kids, we go to school so when we have a chance to go out & have fun, we take it! Everybody acts like they haven't been out that late, the time is irrelevant only relevant to the fact that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, she lost her life and all anybody gotta say is why was she out so late. Stop blaming everyone, no one is to blame here except for the shooter so if you have negative comments, KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF! There are people hurting over the loss of Trinity Gay & the comments of the time & responsibilites do nothing to help, just keep her family & friends in your thoughts & prayers.

MagnoliaBelle
MagnoliaBelle

Okay, really? What difference does that make? I'm 52 years old. If I had gotten shot would that be different?

And, I've taken my youth group out to breakfast at 5:00 am after a lock-in. Were we asking to be shot?

She was an innocent young lady. The only ignorant thing here is your comment.

jadacomm
jadacomm

Ok but she wasn't & a lot of the "normal teens" were out that night too, if it was during the day what would yalls excuse have been then?? She still should've been home? It's not her fault they were shooting at that time, if the teens that were shooting "were in bed like a normal teen" then yes, she would still be alive, this isn't on her.

RobertMoore3
RobertMoore3

Because if she were in bed like a normal teen she would be alive

jazzqt
jazzqt

@MagnoliaBelle While I understand your explanation, this story doesn't even address who she was with or why a minor was out past curfew. If it was kid who was 15 shooting, you'd be asking "Why were they out at that time?" Asking the same question in this instance is only rational. And at 15, if you aren't with an adult you have violated curfew laws.  I'm a mother of 3 children, 22, 21 and 6 and there is absolutely NO way regardless of who they would be with that I would allow them out at that time at 15 years of age.  No she wasn't a "normal" teen as her father is an Olympian but that doesn't dismiss common sense.  My mother used to say, "ain't nothin open after midnight but the ER and legs". 

jadacomm
jadacomm

SINCE WHEN DOES EATING OUT HAVE A SPECIFIC TIME FRAME??

ObadiahOwens
ObadiahOwens

This really bothers me. I went to this high school and it was also the school of my late father. I grew up in Lexington and been living in Dallas for more than 20 years. Every week I get news that someone was shot dead. Who would want to murder a little girl who had the work waiting for her? I am just hurt right now reading this story. I have two daughters and I would be a broken man if anything happen to them. I feel so bad for Tyson right now and her family and friends. 

mjhawkeye
mjhawkeye

What was the kid doing out at 4am?

JasonLago
JasonLago

1. Shot by a career criminal released back into society multiple times. It's all fun and games till the career thugs hurt or kill your family members, 2. Why was a 15 yr old outcast 4 am?

trm1816
trm1816

my heart breaks for the Gay family. I hope they find the strength to overcome this tragedy. and may young trinity rest in peace

reneed1960
reneed1960

If it is found that the parents knew she was out in the streets at 4am, they should be held accountable. Face it, if she was home in bed, like a 15 year old child should've been, she'd be alive today.

JasonLago
JasonLago

Trm1816. It's called parenting and enforcing rules. I hope you don't have any kids as you are not wise enough to be a responsible parent

jadacomm
jadacomm

Her father was in Florida & her mother thought she was upstairs sleeping. Doesn't matter how old, in our city, at any time, anyone could've had their life taken.

trm1816
trm1816

so ignorant! you can't blame the parents for her being out at a late hour she was after all a teenager and this was a horrible incident. saying things like this can only make things worse for the family who just lost their child. grow up

VanessaFreeman
VanessaFreeman

My condolences goes out to the "Gay" Family! "Your Loss Is Our Loss"

Praying that Lord will give the family Strenght to Endure.

KaylaRoberts
KaylaRoberts

A fifteen year old kid out on the streets at 4 AM???  Enough said.

shejean
shejean

This is so, so tragic. But, I agree with some of you. What is a 15-year-old doing out at 4 am? 'Nothing good happens after midnight'; especially to minors! She should have been safe and sound, asleep in her bed. Besides that....Trump screams about ISIS and Mexican immigrants and Muslims.....they are NOT a threat on our soil....it's our own home-grown hoodlums and criminals and lone wolves and lax gun laws (thanks, again, NRA). Trump also screams about the 'inner cities'but he has never, ever said what HE plans to do about the violence; ( despite situations like Trinity's tragic death..is lessening) except that HE, and HE alone, is going to 'fix it'. Rambo Trumpo??? HOW??????

My sincere condolences to the Gay family. Such a senseless, tragic loss.

DrKillBill
DrKillBill

Probably eating breakfast or something before a morning meeting.

trm1816
trm1816

don't bring politics into this. the young teen died this morning show some respect

GeorgeHienskeil
GeorgeHienskeil

@shejean It's sad that you see a tragedy like this a co-opt it to be your own personal political soapbox.

You need to get a life and a soul.

RobertMustain
RobertMustain

@KaylaRoberts Wow these people are judgmental. It would be hard for me to count how often my football and track events had us returning back to home late on Friday night and Saturday morning after a late game hours away from home. We stopped for food as our bus gassed up. Good thing for us that we weren't victimized, otherwise dipshits like you would be judging our parents during the worst time of their lives.

davebdb
davebdb

@shejean i agree with TRM1816 on this.  Do not bring politics in on this and the NRA is not to blame for this tragedy.  Thry do not approve of guns in the hands of crimnals either.  I am assuming it was a gang fight somehow since it was 2 cars that attacked each other.  I am in the NRA and a strong 2A supporter but no matter what laws you put in olace criminals will ALWAYS break them.  Think like a criminal and you will find ways around any law.  It is part of my job to think like a criminal.  That is how I do my job well.  Even though it is cybersecurity, same rules are in plac to beat the criminal or at least stalemate.  

jadacomm
jadacomm

Um, not the streets, a restaurant. Does hunger have a certain time standard?

RobertMoore3
RobertMoore3

Mannn im sooo mad about this. So many questions. But whyyy was she out at 4am omggg

Mikimclachlan
Mikimclachlan

Everyone needs to stop the crap, this has nothing to do with Syrian refugees or black on black violence or urban ghettos. Everyone needs to stop making negative comments. My daughter cheered all stars with this child for years. She and her family are wonderful people. Trinity was a upstanding young woman. She had many friends who love her dearly and are heart broken. He mother and father are outstanding parents, they worshiped the ground she walked on. This didn't happen in the "ghetto" it happened in a very safe part of town. We don't know the race or gender of the person who did this. Trinity was a innocent victim. I only hope the low life bottom feeder who did this is punished to the fullest extent of the law. We as a society can no longer allow violence to be a role model for our kids. This child and her parents are examples of what every family should be. Trinity was a great kid and will be missed by many people. God rest her soul.

BundE
BundE

So sad! More than 30.000 people die every year by gun-fire in the US. At the same time, Trump recently warned US citizens about traveling Europe/Germany because

of increasing crime caused by incoming refugees from Syria: I am not aware of big numbers of people killed by refugees. Most terror attacks in Europe so far were commited mostly by people born in Europe: and the number of people killed by terrorists in Europe in 2016 is < 150 people (and in Germany <5) : it is way too much than to be acceptable but is by far so much lower than those > 30.000 per year killed in the US by "normal US born criminals" (not particularly islamic terrorists). And what is the solution to that for some people? Answer: to allow students to carry fire arms on campus such as in Texas, isn't that crazy? All best wishes to Trinity's family and to all other thousands of victims of US gun law. Wake up, America and make wise decisions that make the future of America's people safer again.