Trio arrested over death of US Olympic sprinter's kid

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay with his daughter Trinity, who died after being caught in a shooting between two vehicles.
Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay with his daughter Trinity, who died after being caught in a shooting between two vehicles.PHOTO: TWITTER

WASHINGTON • Three suspects, including a father and his son, have been arrested over the death of American Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter, who was caught in a shooting between two vehicles outside a Kentucky restaurant.

Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged between occupants of two parked cars - a grey Dodge Charger and a dark-coloured sports car with tinted windows - in a parking lot in Lexington in the wee hours of Sunday.

After the shooting, Trinity Gay, 15, was taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, Reuters reported.

Lexington Police Department yesterday said 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his son D'Markeo, 19, were charged with wanton endangerment in the fatal gunfire.

A third man, Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, was charged with the same count and a weapons charge. He had fired multiple shots, CBS News reported police as saying.

A fourth man was being questioned and has not been charged.

"She didn't make it. I'm so confused," Mr Gay told the sports editor with NBC-affiliate Lex 18 television. "She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy."

Mr Gay, 34, who made his Olympic debut in 2008, won a silver medal with the 4x100m relay team at the 2012 Games in London. He is the US 100m record holder and the joint second-fastest 100m runner of all time, behind Usain Bolt.

Trinity was a rising star on the track team at Lafayette High School, her father's alma mater.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2016, with the headline 'Trio arrested over death of US Olympic sprinter's kid'. Print Edition | Subscribe