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The 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay died early Sunday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after a shooting. Trinity was a top sprinter for Lafayette High School, where her father Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, a Lexington native. also attended. Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett tweeted that he was "shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family." Condolences also were offered to the Gay family by fellow Olympian Ato Boldon, USA Track & Field, and others in the track community. Trinity dreamed of being a surgeon and and achieving Olympic success, her mother told one media outlet. Trinity Gay followed in her father's footsteps on the track. He was a Lafayette High School standout who went on to three summer Olympics. She ran for Scott County High School as a seventh-grader before she moved to Lafayette in Lexington. She was a sophomore and member of the track-and-field team. She was among the top sprinters in her class among Kentucky high school students. She ran fourth in last year's girls' 100-meter dash state championship. Trinity was remembered as bubbly and a good student by her Lafayette coach Crystal Washington. Trinity's teammates had been contacting their coach all morning. The kids will be involved with a memorial or tribute of some sort. "The kids were really close with her," Washington said. "We've got to do something." Her talents on the track were undeniable, but she was still growing. "Being the rising star that she was, we hadn't seen her best yet," said Chris Hawboldt, editor of MileSplit Kentucky and the former head coach at Tates Creek. "She was sweet and obviously a quality athlete, but more importantly she was good for the track-and-field community in Lexington." Being the daughter of Tyson Gay produced a lot of pressure before Trinity ever stepped foot on a track, Bryan Station Coach Kathy Broadnax said. Broadnax never got to coach Trinity, but enjoyed watching her make her own impression on the Lexington track scene. "But the way that she handled herself and the way she stood out as her own person, that was probably the most admirable thing about her," Broadnax said. "She was his daughter but she left her own mark on track from a very young age. She was up there as seventh and eighth grader competing against seniors in high school. I think anyone in the track community looked at that like 'Wow, she has that blood. She's going to be a phenomenal athlete if she just continues to work and put in what she needs to on the track.'" "Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence," Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement. In a statement on Twitter, Lafayette High School Principal Bryne Jacobs said, "We are devastated to lose Trinity. Our Lafayette family will come together to provide love and support for our students and one another during this tragic time."
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