The Latest: Tyson Gay at large vigil after daughter’s death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on the arrest of three men in connection with the shooting death of the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay (all times local):
Several thousand people have joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil in Kentucky to honor Gay’s 15-year-old daughter, who was fatally shot over the weekend.
Gay stood Monday night amid the emotional crowd on the track at Lexington’s Lafayette High School where he and daughter Trinity had excelled at the sport. He thanked people for showing support after his daughter’s death early Sunday after gunfire erupted outside a restaurant in Lexington.
“I want you guys to love each other, have peace and protect each other,” Gay said, adding he was numb from crying over his daughter’s death. “That’s what Trinity would have wanted … Life is not a joke.”
Many in the crowd wore pink and purple – Gay’s favorite colors – with some holding up balloons in those hues that were released into the air. Several pairs of track spikes hung from a fence.
Trinity Gay was a standout sprinter, placing in the top five in several events at the state championships in May. Her father, who competed in the last three Summer Olympics, still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001.
Three men have pleaded not guilty and face an Oct. 25 court date on charges connected to the shooting death of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter.
The three appeared Monday via video before Fayette County, Kentucky, District Court Judge T. Bruce Bell.
Bell set bail at $5,000 each for 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his son, 19-year-old D’Markeo Taylor, on wanton endangerment charges. Twenty-one-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bail was set at $12,500.
Bell will assign attorneys for two of them. The younger Taylor already has a lawyer.
Lexington police say Middlebrooks was in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant and fired multiple shots in the incident in which Trinity Gay was killed early Sunday. Court records show the Taylors admitted also firing shots.
A father and son are the latest arrests in the investigation into the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay.
Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after police say she was fatally shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during a shootout between people in two parked vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.
In a statement, Lexington police say 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D’Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment in the early Sunday shooting. Police charged another man, 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks, with the same count and a weapons charge. Investigators say Middlebrooks was in the lot and fired multiple shots. Police say they’ve also found two vehicles involved.
Trinity Gay was a star track athlete at Lexington’s Lafayette High.