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.
Police said they have two people who are persons of interest that they are questioning because their car matched a description of one of the vehicles involved.
Tyson Gay told WLEX on Sunday morning that he is at the airport and on his way to Lexington.
“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, ”
According to MileSplit, Trinity was a state runner-up in middle school in the 100 meters. More recently, she was the Region 6AAA champion in the 200 meters last spring and placed fourth at the state meet in the 100 meters.
“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.
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.