Shoshana Boyd (center l.) and Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay (center r.) stand surrounded by family and friends during a candlelight vigil at Lafayette High School for their daughter Trinity Gay.
Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay made a moving plea for peace Saturday at his daughter’s funeral.
The shooting death of 15-year-old Trinity Gay left her silver medalist father reeling — and ready to make a change.
Trinity Gay was a track star following in her father’s footsteps.
“This is our community that we need to take back,” Gay said as he addressed the mourners at the Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky. “A lot of kids are followers now. We need to be there for each other but I need everyone’s help from the mayor to the police to all of you to allow her legacy to keep moving.”
Nearly 1,000 people, many wearing pink and purple, Trinity’s favorite colors, packed the massive church.
Trinity Gay was out with friends when she was fatally struck in the neck by a bullet on Sunday outside a Lexington Cook Out restaurant.
The shooting erupted around 4 a.m. when men in two cars opened fire on each other in the restaurant parking lot, police said. Four men were arrested in relation to the shooting.
“This is our community that we need to take back,” Gay told the mourners at his daughter’s funeral.
On Saturday, gospel music filled the air as mourners made their way past the casket and dozens of flower arrangements scattered around the church and lobby.
Following in her father’s fast footsteps, Trinity was a rising track star and remembered as a popular high school student with whose true potential will never be known.
“She knew where she was going and she was on her way to get there,” Trinity’s grandmother Daisy Lowe said.
“There is hidden untapped potential in each of us,” Lowe said. “Out of her death, many will be saved. Many will be changed. A seed has been sown. Take the baton and run with it.”
Gay released a statement Friday saying he aims to mentor young men and women about gun violence in the wake of his tragic loss.
“Last Sunday morning, I was awakened by the worst news a parent can hear,” Gay wrote. “The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating, but I am determined that it not be senseless.”