At a candlelight vigil in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday night, Tyson Gay spoke out for the first time since his daughter’s death. He told a crowd of friends and family that his wish was to see anhd end to “senseless” violence.
“I don’t want to read in the paper next week about another senseless killing. It has to stop,” Gay said during a vigil held at Lafayette High School—the school both he and his daughter had attended, ABC News reports.
As we reported, Trinity Gay, 15, was fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire between occupants in two cars in a Lexington, Ky., parking lot. She was not in either of the vehicles and was not the intended target, according to the police report.
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Gay spoke from the school’s track to the thousands gathered and thanked them for their support. The Olympian athlete added that his daughter would have wanted others to “protect each other, no matter what.”
“She was a happy girl all the time,” he said.
Trinity was an accomplished high school sprinter who placed in several events at the Kentucky state championship in May. Several of Trinity’s track teammates hung track spikes from a fence in memory of her.
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As EUR has reported, three men have been charged in the shooting.
Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the shooting. Chazerae Taylor, 38, and his son, D’markeo Taylor, 19, were both charged with wanton endangerment.
According to ABC News, all three have pleaded not guilty.
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