Tyson Gay at large vigil after daughter’s death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) —
Several thousand people joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil in Kentucky on Monday night to honor Gay’s 15-year-old daughter, who was fatally shot over the weekend.
Gay stood Monday night amid the emotional crowd on the track at Lexington’s Lafayette High School where he and daughter Trinity had excelled at the sport. He thanked people for showing support after his daughter’s death early Sunday after gunfire erupted outside a restaurant in Lexington.
"I want you guys to love each other, have peace and protect each other," Gay said, adding he was numb from crying over his daughter’s death. "That’s what Trinity would have wanted … Life is not a joke."
Many in the crowd wore pink and purple — Gay’s favorite colors — with some holding up balloons in those hues that were released into the air. Several pairs of track spikes hung from a fence.
Trinity Gay was a standout sprinter, placing in the top five in several events at the state championships in May. Her father, who competed in the last three Summer Olympics, still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001.