Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay has said he is exploring ways to mentor local youths after the shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter.

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Gay said he was determined that his daughter Trinity’s death would not be “senseless”, adding: “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.”

Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles outside a restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, early on Sunday. Trinity, herself a promising sprinter, was hit by a bullet.

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Gay, 34, said he was offering support so the “spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this weekend”.

Three men, including a father and son, will appear in court on October 25, facing charges in connection with the shooting.