Daughter of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay fatally shot in Lexington, Kentucky | News | DW | 16.10.2016
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Daughter of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay fatally shot in Lexington, Kentucky

Trinity Gay, the 15-year-old daughter of US Olympic athlete Tyson Gay, has been shot dead in Lexington, Kentucky. Police have launched a murder investigation.

In a statement on Sunday, Lexington Police said Tyson Gay's daughter Trinity was shot in the neck in the early hours of Sunday morning and later died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Officers were called to the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant at around 4 a.m. local time (0800 UTC) after witnesses reported hearing an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, one of which was later located by police. Two people were also stopped for questioning.

Like her US-100-meter-record-holding father, the teenager was also an athlete and competed for Lafayette High School.

Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association tweeted that he was "shocked" to hear of Trinity's death.

"A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and the entire family," he wrote.

In an interview with local TV station "Lex 18," the Gay said: "She didn't make it. I'm so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy. I have no idea what happened." 

Gay, who is the joint second-fastest 100 meter runner of all time, behind Usain Bolt, competed in the last three Summer Olympic Games. He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at London 2012, but was later stripped of his medal after testing positive for steroid use in 2013.

A number of fellow athletes tweeted their condolences to Gay throughout the day.