Tyson Gay speaks out at an emotional vigil for his daughter


Thousands joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil in Kentucky for his 15-year-old daughter, who was shot dead at the weekend.

Gay stood with the emotional crowd on the track at Lexington's Lafayette High School where he and his daughter Trinity excelled at athletics.

Trinity Gay
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He thanked people for showing support after his daughter's death early on 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.

Tyson Gay
(Timothy D Easley/AP)

"That's what Trinity would have wanted. Life is not a joke."

Trinity was a standout sprinter like her father, placing in the top five in several events at the state championships in May. Tyson, who competed in the last three Summer Olympics, still holds the state record in the 100m set in 2001.

Tyson and Trinity Gay
(Mark Maloney/AP)

Three men will appear in court on October 25, facing charges in connection with the shooting.

Chazerae Taylor and his son D'Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment, and Dvonta Middlebrooks is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. All three have pleaded not guilty.