Sprinter explores ways to mentor youth after daughter’s death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay says he will help explore ways to mentor youth in Lexington after the shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter over the weekend.

Gay said in a statement released Friday that he’s determined his daughter’s death won’t 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.”

Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles early Sunday. Trinity Gay was hit by a round.

Tyson Gay offers support so that the “spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend.”

Here is Tyson Gay’s statement in its entirety:

Last Sunday morning, I was awakened by the worst news a parent can hear. 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. –Tyson Gay

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