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Tyson Gay thanks community for their support after death of 15-year-old daughter

U.S. Sprinter Tyson Gay released a video message on Saturday thanking the community for their support after his daughter was fatally shot.

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U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay released a video on Saturday thanking the community for their support after his 15-year-old daughter was fatally shot last weekend. Trinity Gay was in the middle of a parking lot crossfire in Lexington, Ken. and shot in the neck in the early hours of Oct. 16.

Her funeral was held on Saturday afternoon, six days after the shooting. NBC News reports that four men have been arrested in connection to the shooting.

“I want to thank everybody for all their support and love,” Gay says. “Hopefully, we can come together and stop the violence. Trinity would want us to come together and have peace. I’m going to do everything I can to help our youth.”

Video message


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In an earlier statement released Friday, Gay said the following:

“”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.”

Original statement

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The Olympian is originally from Lexington and represented the United States at the Olympics multiple times. His 100m time of 9.69 is the American record and ranks him tied for second on the all-time list. Many of his fellow runners tweeted at Gay this week showing their support following last weekend’s tragedy.

Trinity was a sprinter at a Lexington high school. On Monday, there was a candlelight vigil where the local community came together.