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.
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”.
“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.