“She didn’t make it. I’m so confused,” Gay told WLEX Sports Director Alan Cutler. “She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”
The events that took Trinity’s life occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to Lexington police. They said a group of men in two cars opened fire on each other. Trinity was shot in the neck. Police said she was not a passenger in either of the vehicles.
The men who were firing on each other fled the scene.
Gay was taken to UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in a private vehicle, where she later died, police said.
Lexington police believe they have located one of the two cars involved in the shootout, a gray Dodge Charger. Authorities said they are questioning two possible suspects.
Police are still looking for the second vehicle, which witnesses described as a dark sports car with tinted windows.
Like father, like daughter
Gay won gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-metrt and 4×100-meter relay at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Japan. He won a silver medal for the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 Olympic games in London, but had to return it when he tested positive for a prohibited anabolic steroid at the U.S. Championships in 2013. Gay received a one-year ban from the U.S. Doping Agency in 2014.
“In that sense, I am trying to balance my time so I can watch her career and I can finish up my career,” Gay said.
‘Our hearts are broken’
Condolences poured in from friends and associates of both father and daughter.
“Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence,” Fayette County Schools 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.”
The school system has activated a Crisis Team, which will be at Lafayette High School on Monday to offer counseling and support to students and staff.
Local schools and track teams expressed their grief over Trinity’s death.
Athletes and Olympians also expressed their condolences on social media.
Tyson Gay is flying back to Lexington on Sunday.
An autopsy will be conducted on Trinity Gay Monday morning.