Three men have been charged in connection with a shooting that left the daughter of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay dead.
Trinity Gay, 15, died in hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, yesterday after she was shot in the neck.
It’s believed the teen was caught in an exchange of gunfire between people in two parked vehicles in the car park of a nearby Cook Out restaurant.
Dvonta Middlebrooks fired multiple shots during the incident, according to Lexington police investigators.
He was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A father and son were also charged. Chazerae Taylor, 38, and his 19-year-old son D’Markeo both face wanton endangerment counts, police said in a statement.
Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police do not believe Trinity Gay was in either of the vehicles involved.
Grief counsellors will be at Lexington’s Lafayette High School on Monday for students and staff, Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.
Both Gay and his daughter attended the school. Trinity was a promising sprinter, finishing in the top five in several events at the state championships in May. Her father still holds the state record in the 100 metres set in 2001.
Tyson Gay competed in the last three Summer Olympics. He was part of a US team that won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2012 London Games, though that medal was ultimately stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids in 2013.
Last summer’s Games in Rio featured another stinging disappointment for Gay, 33, who has battled injuries. He was a member of the American men’s 4x100m relay team that finished third in the final before being disqualified for an illegal baton exchange between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin.
The team’s appeal was denied, giving Canada the bronze medal.