Tyson Gay aims to mentor youth after daughter killed by gun violence

Saturday October 22nd, 2016

Olympian Tyson Gay issued a statement on Friday night expressing his hope to mentor young men and women about gun violence after his 15-year-old daughter Trinity Gay was fatally shot on Sunday morning in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Last Sunday morning, I was awakened by the worst news a parent can hear,” Gay wrote on Twitter. “The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating, but I am determined that it not be senseless. We must come together as a community to protect each other, giving our young people the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives - the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living. In that spirit- and to follow in the footsteps of those who kept me on the right path as a teenager when I easily could have gone the other way - in the coming weeks we will be exploring ways to help mentor and support the youth of Lexington over the long term, so that the spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend.”

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According to a police report, gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles and Trinity Gay was hit by a round. Four men were arrested in connection to the shooting. Three men were charged earlier in the week with wanton endangerment plead not guilty. A court date is scheduled for Oct. 25.

Tyson Gay addressed thousands of friends and family members that attended a candlelit vigil for Trinity earlier in the week and spoke out against gun violence.

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