Blake Bakkila
October 16, 2016 01:41 PM

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay is mourning the loss of his 15-year-old daughter Trinity, who was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Lexington, Kentucky, according to public information officer Brenna Angel.

Officers responded to the parking lot of a local restaurant around 4 a.m. on Sunday after it was reported that shots were fired. Witnesses told authorities there was an exchange of gunfire between two vehicle, and Trinity was shot at the scene, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE. The release also stated that the Olympic gold medalist’s daughter was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

As of Sunday afternoon, Angel confirmed that officers found a Dodge Charger and detained two persons of interest, but they are still in search of the other vehicle involved.


On Sunday, Gay confirmed the tragic news to Lex18.

“She didn’t make it,” he said. “I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”

Gay told the news station he was flying back to Lexington on Sunday.

The athlete received countless well wishes in the wake of his daughter’s death, including a tweet from fellow Olympian and former Dancing with the Stars contestant and Olympic runner Lolo Jones.

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The USA Track & Field team shared their condolences via Twitter as well, writing, “Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.

Gay spent most of his summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where he took home a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m team relay.

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