As the headlines hit our phones with notifications of a “senseless shooting” in Lexington, KY, as per usual, I clicked on the link to see who, what, and why. This time, unfortunately, the victim was 15-year old Trinity, the daughter of Olympic track star, Tyson Gay. Like most, my heart aches when I see young, innocent people lose their lives, especially to gun violence; it infuriates me. What scares me the most is being a parent in this situation. She was 15 years old and though it was 4am, it seems like she was in a restaurant with friends and unfortunately got caught in cross fire between two crews. I think about when I was 15. I was in some dangerous situations, growing up in New York City in the early 2000’s when Bloods and Crip gangs were running rampant through the streets. When I think back, so many things could have happened to me. It makes me think, as parents, though we can try to restrict our children from doing certain things, and going out and being at certain places, this seems very innocent; kids hanging out and then a place gets shot up, now a parent has lost their baby. I can’t imagine what Tyson Gay and his family is going through. This story resonated because I know as parents, we all want to protect our children, but it’s only so much we can do to truly protect them. Being a parent is no easy job, but I am not looking forward to those nights of my teenage son being out socializing with friends. These days the streets are just so cold and people hold no value on other’s lives. A young girl is now deceased and her parents are left to mourn her death. I pray gun violence stops and no other parent has to go through this.