LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-It has been almost a week since Trinity Gay, daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, was shot and killed while out with friends in Lexington. Today, those friends, her family, and several people whose lives she touched came together for her funeral.
It was a packed house at Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville for the 15-year-old.
The pastor tells the crowd, “This is a celebration, you might as well give him my praise right now.”
Trinity’s death has touched many across the globe. People at her funeral are channeling their grief by standing up in song, just the way they say trinity would have wanted it. Loved ones say she had an infectious personality, full of life and love. She was a rising track star, but with a legacy of her own.
Tyson Gay says, “I’ve heard from so many people from all these supporting counties …’yeah I’ve ran with her, I’ve seen her, I met her.’ …Just because she was such a happy individual, you know. You know, she doesn’t have a hurtful bone in her body and that’s why they’re here to support her.”
Her life was taken too soon. She was caught in the crossfire when a shooting broke out in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant last Sunday morning. It’s been a tough loss for many students at Lafayette High School.
Trinity’s friend Teosha Raglin says, “It’s a completely different atmosphere than what it was before. It seems that everyone’s coming together because of this death and it’s sad that it’s taken Trinity’s death for people to realize that we need to stop hurting each other and helping each other because life’s too short.”
Trinity’s friend Shermane Cowans says, “If you’re going to have conflicts do it with your hands not your guns. Taking somebody’s life, a life that could have meant something, could’ve made it somewhere just ended it.”
Trinity followed in her father’s footsteps running track and one day wanted to win a gold medal just like him.
Tyson Gay says, “She said when she got it she’s going to put it around her daddy’s neck and that just meant the world to me and I just believe everybody should have the chance to reach their dreams.”
Four men are charged with wanton endangerment in Gay’s death outside the Cook Out restaurant. Lamonte Williams, Chazerae Taylor, D’Markeo Taylor, and Dvonta Middlebrooks are due back in court Tuesday. Police say they’re still in the early stages of the investigation, collecting evidence. It’s unclear at this point who fired the deadly shot.