Three men have have been charged in connection with the weekend shooting death of Olympic Sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter.
Police in Kentucky said Trinity Gay was accidentally caught in a crossfire of bullets in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant around 4 a.m. Sunday when occupants of two different vehicles began firing at each other. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Arrested and charged with wanton endangerment were father and son Chazerae Taylor, 38, and D’markeo Taylor, 19. Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, was also arrested in the shooting and charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said.
“Investigators determined that Middlebrooks was in the parking lot and fired multiple shots at the time of the incident,” Lexington police said in a statement.
USA Track and Field responded to the shooting on Twitter with a post that read:
“Sending our thoughts and prayers to (Tyson Gay) and his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.”
Trinity was reportedly a gifted young athlete at Lafayette High School, the same school attended by her father. Gay, 34, a four-time U.S. Champion in the 100 meters, has been one of America’s top sprinters for the better part of a decade, winning gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Gay’s personal best of 9.69 in the 100 meters is an American record and the second-fastest 100 meters ever run after Jamaican Usain Bolt’s time of 9.58.
[H/T Business Insider]