Three men were charged Sunday in connection with the death of Olympian Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter, who was struck in the neck by a stray bullet during a shooting early Sunday morning outside a Lexington, Ky., restaurant.
Dvonta Middlebrooks was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after firing multiple shots in the parking lot of Cook Out restaurant, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Chazerae M. Taylor, 38, and his son, 19-year-old D’markeo C. Taylor, were also charged with wanton endangerment. A fourth man who was questioned by police has not been charged.
The shooting was reported at about 4 a.m. Sunday and Trinity Gay, a promising high school track athlete, was pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m. at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. According to the Gay family, Trinity was an innocent bystander who was hanging out with friends.
“She was so innocent. She was so innocent,” her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the New York Daily News. “I just want people to stop shooting and realize who they’re hurting. It’s just random. They don’t understand. They don’t understand who they’re hurting.”
“She was a beautiful person, very outgoing, athletic, always wanting to accomplish something,” Debra Conley, Trinity’s grandmother, told the Herald Leader. “She even said that since her father wasn’t able to win his gold medal that she would win it for him.”
Conley described her granddaughter as an “A” student who hoped to become a plastic surgeon. “She was just a normal teenage child who had lots of aspirations for the future,” Conley said. “She loved her family, believed in having fun and was always laughing.”
A sophomore, she was among the top sprinters in her class among Kentucky high schoolers, finishing fourth last year in the 100 meters at the state championship.
Tyson Gay, a Lexington native who, like his daughter, competed for Lafayette High School, has competed in three consecutive Olympics for the United States, most recently in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Games. He lives and trains in California. He arrived in Kentucky about 1 p.m. Sunday.
“She didn’t make it,” Tyson Gay said in a brief interview with WLEX as he was preparing to head for Lexington on Sunday. “I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened."
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