US sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter shot dead in Kentucky

The Olympian’s 15 year-old daughter Trinity was tragically caught up in shooting between two cars early on Sunday morning.

US sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter shot dead in Kentucky

American sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter has been killed after being caught up in a shooting, say local police in the state of Kentucky.

Trinity Gay caught up in a shooting in Lexington

Trinity Gay, 15, was reportedly hit in the neck after two vehicles opened fire at each other in a restaurant car park in Lexington, the state’s second-largest city, during the early hours of Sunday morning. She was rushed to hospital but medics were unable to save her life. Police have now launched a murder investigation.

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

Pictured here at London 2012, Gay has represented the United States at three Olympic Games.

The sporting community pays tribute

Tributes have begun to pour in from the sporting community, including from the US tracks and field athletics team who sent “thoughts and prayers” to Gay’s family “as they mourn the tragic and senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.”

Gay, who represented the United States at this year’s Olympics in Rio, has courted controversy in the sport after testing positive for a banned substance in 2013. Trinity was also an athlete, representing Lafayette High School where she studied.