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Olympian Tyson Gay Plans to Mentor Youth in Wake of Daughter's Fatal Shooting

by Jillian Sederholm /
Trinity Gay with her father Tyson Gay in Georgetown, Kentucky, on May 3, 2014.Mark Maloney / Lexington Herald-Leader via AP

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Still reeling from fatal shooting of his daughter, Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay says he plans to explore ways to help mentor the youth of Lexington so that her death is not "senseless."

The Olympian's 15-year-old daughter, Trinity Gay, was killed early Sunday after being shot in the neck while caught in crossfire between two vehicles in the parking lot of a Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky.

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

"We must come together as a community to protect each other, giving our 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 that spirit—and to follow in the footsteps of those who kept me on the right path as a teenager when I easily could have gone the other way—in the coming weeks we will be exploring ways to help mentor and support the youth of Lexington over the long term, so that the spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend."

Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Trinity Gay's funeral has been set for Saturday.

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