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Tyson Gay Will Mentor Youth So Daughter's Death Is Not 'Senseless'

High schooler Trinity Gay was shot and killed last weekend in the crossfire of a gunfight

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    Tyson Gay, right, and Shoshana Boyd, second right, mother of Trinity Gay, hold hands during a moment of silence at a memorial service for their slain daughter at Lafayette High School on Oct. 17, 2016, in Lexington, Ky.

    In the wake of the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old daughter Trinity, Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay pledged Friday to help mentor youth in Lexington, Kentucky. Trinity Gay was caught in crossfire last Sunday between two vehicles in a restaurant parking lot in Lexington. The high school student and sprinter was shot in the neck and killed.

    “The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating,” Tyson Gay said in a statement, “but I am determined that it not be senseless.”

    The Olympian asked for support from the community in his efforts to give young people “the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives — the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living.”

    “In the coming weeks we will be exploring ways to help mentor and support the youth of Lexington over the long term,” he said, “so that the spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend.”

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    Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington, where her father still holds the state record in the 100-meter event. The funeral for Trinity Gay is scheduled for Saturday.