HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/WBAL) – UPDATE 2/22/18 @ 3:50 p.m.
A Marshall University football player who was shot at a New Year's Eve party in Maryland has died, head Coach Doc Holliday tweeted on Thursday.
"We lost an incredible young man today. The entire Herd Family is praying for Larry Aaron's family," Holliday tweeted about the former defensive tackle.
Aaron, 19 of Columbia, Maryland, was on holiday break when he was shot. He was at a New Year’s Eve party at a house in Severn.
Aaron, who was shot in the back at that party, was paralyzed from the waist down as a result. The bullet lodged in his spinal cord, and doctors reported they could not operate because it could do more damage.
UPDATE 1/6/18 @ 3:52 p.m.
Law enforcement in Maryland is offering $10,000 for information in their continuing investigation of a Marshall football player being shot.
In a post on their Facebook page, the Anne Arundel County Police Department says they’re offering up to $10,000 for information “leading to the arrest and conviction” of those responsible for the New Year’s shooting.
Larry Aaron III, 19 of Columbia, Maryland, was on holiday break when he was shot. He was at a New Year’s Eve party at a house in Severn.
Aaron was shot in the back at that party, and was paralyzed from the waist down as a result. The bullet lodged in his spinal cord, and doctors reported they could not operate because it could do more damage.
UPDATE 1/2/18 @ 9:18 p.m.
A Marshall University football player is paralyzed after he was shot in the back at a New Year's Eve party in Severn, Maryland.
Larry Aaron III, 19, was home in Columbia on his holiday break from school when it happened.
"I'm so upset; I know they say you're not supposed to ask why, but you know, my son had everything going for him," said his father, Larry Aaron Jr..
Aaron III was set to head back to college from his home in Columbia next week when he attended a New Year's Eve party at a house in Severn that he and his friends saw advertised on social media.
"He was standing up against the wall with his girlfriend and two guys got into an argument, and they just started shooting and my son stepped in front of his girlfriend to shield her, and one of the bullets got him," his father said.
The bullet lodged in his spinal cord. Doctors can't operate because that might do more damage, so they have to leave it there. Aaron III, a lifelong athlete, was paralyzed from the waist down.
"He has had his moments. He's been very calm, but he has had a few breakdowns, and that's to be expected," his mother, Melissa Aaron, said.
Police are investigating to find out who fired the shots, but they estimate there were more than 100 people at the party, many of whom were from out of state, so police said it's hard to track down witnesses. Police are asking for help from anyone at the party.
"Since the party spread very quickly on social media, we know most of the people, if not all at this party, have social media accounts and cell phones," Lt. Ryan Frashure of Anne Arundel County police said. "So, we're asking if anyone has any type of video or pics from the party that detectives could use, to identify anybody, whether they be more witnesses they can speak to or possible suspects, to please contact our detectives over at the western district."
Aaron III's parents are left helpless and upset. They and their son's life changed forever by a senseless act of violence.
"It's devastating to our family. I mean, Larry was very loved and very liked in our community and at Marshall. It's just ridiculous that something like this has to happen, and what can we do? What can we do? Nothing. It's frustrating. It's frustrating," Aaron Jr. said.
Police said charges are possible against the homeowners who were not home at the time of the shooting.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help with Aaron III's recovery.
ORIGINAL STORY 1/2/18 @ 1:59 p.m.
A Marshall University football defensive tackle was shot in the back Monday in his home state of Maryland, the university Athletics Department confirms.
The shooting happened about 1 a.m. Monday during a house party in Severn, Maryland, according to NBC affiliate WBAL in Baltimore.
Larry Aaron, a redshirt freshman, was the victim, Marshall Athletics confirms.
Head coach Doc Holliday tweeted the following:
"It is however with a heavy heart that we bring in this new year as I send my thoughts and prayers to Larry Aaron and his entire family during this difficult time. Your @HerdFB family is here for you. #HerdStrong"
According to WBAL, another person was injured in the shooting. Both victims' injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.
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