Marshall football player Larry Aaron, paralyzed in January shooting, dies

via Gazette-Mail

Marshall football player Larry Aaron, who was paralyzed after being struck by stray gunfire at a New Year’s Eve party in Maryland, died Thursday due to complications from his injury at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland.

The rising redshirt sophomore was shot in the back New Year’s Eve night after stepping in front of his girlfriend to shield her from bullets. The shooting occurred on Bastille Road in Severn, Maryland.

“Marshall University lost a very special young man today and it has shocked and saddened us all,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Larry Aaron’s family and friends, many of whom were his fellow Thundering Herd teammates. His loss will be felt in every corner of our program and his spirit will never be forgotten.”

Aaron, from Columbia, Maryland, played in eight games in 2017, recording 13 total tackles. He was part of the Thundering Herd’s 2016 signing class. By the end of the 2017 season, he was listed on the Herd’s depth chart as the backup defensive tackle to Channing Hames.