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Tyson Gay’s teenage daughter Trinity killed in shooting


Updated: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:59 PM

The teenage daughter of American Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was struck down by a stray bullet Sunday morning in an apparent shootout at a Kentucky restaurant.

Trinity Gay — herself a rising running star — died from a neck wound after the seemingly random shooting, police said.

“She was so innocent, she was so innocent,” her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the Daily News in a tearful interview.

“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.”

She said her daughter wanted to become a surgeon — but also hoped to match the Olympic glory of her famous father.

“I should never have to bury my child,” Boyd said.

Tyson and Trinity Gay.

Tyson and Trinity Gay.


“She wanted to be the fastest woman in the world, and they took that away from her.” 

Police said Gay suffered her fatal shot around 4 a.m. outside the Lexington barbecue restaurant Cook Out. She was pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m.

Gay appeared to reference the restaurant in her final tweet, writing right before 3 a.m., “Why is cookout fat.”

Less than an hour before, she tweeted, “Of course they start shootin.”

Police said two people in cars exchanged gunfire outside the restaurant. Gay was not in either car.

No suspects for the shooting have been identified or arrested, but two people have been held for question, the Herald-Leader reported. Police also found a Dodge Charger that witnesses said was involved the shooting. A search for the second car is ongoing. 

Gay was a top sprinter at Lafayette High School, coming in fourth in last year’s girls’ 100-meter dash state.

Her father, Tyson Gay, grew up in Lexington before going on to gold medal glory at the Olympics.

“She didn’t make it,” her father, who lives in Florida and is separated from Boyd, told WLEX soon after learning of his daughter’s death.

“I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened,” he said.

The fatal shooting happened at the Lexington barbeque restaurant Cook Out.

The fatal shooting happened at the Lexington barbeque restaurant Cook Out.

He said he planned to fly to Lexington Sunday.

His daughter’s death sparked an online outcry that was fit for an all-star athlete. 

“Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity,” USA Track & Field tweeted.

“Heavy heart today for Tyson Gay and his family,” Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones wrote.

“Lord please ease their pain and give them strength during this time.”

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