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Sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter shot dead

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland gold medal Paralympian Jason Smyth has expressed his sympathies to his US training partner Tyson Gay, whose daughter has been shot dead.

The teenage daughter of the Olympic sprinter died after the shooting, which took place in a car park at the Cook Out restaurant in Kentucky.

The local coroner's office said in a statement, that 15-year-old Trinity Gay died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The athlete's agent, Mark Wetmore, later confirmed that Gay's daughter had died.

Lexington Police said in a statement that officers went to the car park after witnesses reported gunfire being exchanged between two vehicles.

Officers found one of the vehicles and were yesterday questioning two people.

Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police do not believe Trinity Gay was in either of the vehicles involved.

Londonderry sprinter Smyth trained regularly in Florida with Gay, the world's second fastest man, behind the great Usain Bolt.

Five-time Paralympian gold medallist Smyth took to Twitter to express his condolences.

"So sorry to hear the horrific news," he wrote.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Gay (34) has competed in the last three summer Olympics.

He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2012 London Games.

He was stripped of his medal, however, after he tested positive for steroids in 2013. USA Track and Field also confirmed the news in tweeting: "Sending our thoughts & prayers to Tyson Gay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity."

Trinity Gay had been following in her father's footsteps by building a sprinting career of some promise.

Tyson Gay (34) is the USA's 100 metres record holder and records show that Trinity Gay was a 200m regional champion during the most recent athletics season.

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