Daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay Shot, Killed In Kentucky

Trinity Gay Shooting Suspects Arraigned

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) – Police have arrested one man in connection with the death of Olympian Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter.

Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, was taken into custody Sunday evening.

Police responded to a restaurant parking lot in the 800 block of South Broadway near the University of Kentucky campus around 4 a.m. after reported gunfire.

According to police, two vehicles were exchanging gunfire when Trinity Gay was struck. Police said Trinity was taken to the hospital by private vehicle where she later died.

Police do not believe she was in either of the vehicles involved in the incident. Officers were able to locate one of the vehicles and questioned two individuals. Police are still working to locate the second vehicle.

Investigators determined Middlebrooks was in the parking lot and fired multiple shots during the incident.


Trinity was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington following in the footsteps of her famous father.

A tweet from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett said he was stunned by the death: "Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family."

USA Track and Field also tweeted, "Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity."

Middlebrooks has been charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The second person interviewed has not been charged.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact police at (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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