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Tyson Gay Gives Moving Speech at Daughter Trinity’s Funeral

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay paid tribute to his daughter, Trinity, at her funeral in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 22, nearly a week after she was shot and killed at age 15.

Family and friends gathered for the service at the Southland Christian Church around noon. Photos of Trinity were shown on a video reel.

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USA’s Tyson Gay competes in the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 18, 2016.

“This is our community that we need to take back. A lot of kids are followers now,” Tyson said, via Entertainment Tonight. “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.”

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Tyson also posted a photo from the memorial. “SPECIAL THANKS TO MY TRACK FAMILY FOR SUPPORTING TRINITY. I LOVE YOU GUYS. FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD,” he captioned via Instagram.

As previously reported, Trinity was shot in the neck during gunfire between two vehicles near the University of Kentucky, Lexington, campus around 4 a.m. on October 16. She was taken to UK Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Last Friday, Tyson released a statement about her passing. “The death of my daughter as an innocent bystander is devastating, but I am determined that it not be senseless,” he said at the time, via NBC.

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“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,” he continued. “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.”

Like her dad, Trinity was a sprinter. According to ABC, she finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters while competing at Lafayette High School in Lexington in May.

Trinity’s death is still under investigation.

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