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Trinity Gay shooting: Murder charge in death of Olympic sprinter's daughter

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A grand jury has handed down a wanton murder indictment in the shooting death of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old daughter.


Trinity Gay was shot on Oct. 16 outside a Lexington restaurant. Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles and that the teen wasn’t in either car involved in the shooting. Police had initially charged four people with wanton endangerment in the case.

The Lexington Police Department said in a statement Friday that the indictment against 38-year-old Chazerae M. Taylor included murder and wanton endangerment charges “for his role in creating the environment that ultimately led to the death of 15-year-old Trinity Gay.” Police haven’t said whether they know who fired the shot that killed the teen, but they say Taylor is the person who caused the eruption of gunfire, reports

Three wanton endangerment charges for Taylor stem from the fact that there were other people in the parking lot during the gunfire exchange that could have been hurt, according to the website.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRINITY. #sweet16 love you & miss you. ❤️

A photo posted by Tyson Gay (@tysonlgay) on

Two others, Lamonte Williams, 20, and D’Markeo Taylor, 19, were indicted Thursday on wanton endangerment counts. Chazerae Taylor is the father of D’Markeo Taylor, police tell the website.

The fourth person charged, 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks, remains jailed on a wanton endangerment charge.

Trinity Gay was herself a rising track star at her high school. Tyson Gay posted a photo on social media in her memory on Monday, the day she would have turned 16.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRINITY. #sweet16 love you & miss you ,” the message read. 

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