Marshall freshman dies at 19 after New Year's Eve shooting
Tragedy struck the Marshall University football team Thursday when redshirt freshman Larry Aaron III passed away after months of hospitalization from a gunshot wound.
Aaron, a defensive tackle, was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland after stray gunfire left him paralyzed at a New Year’s Eve party on Jan. 1. He was 19.
“Marshall University lost a very special young man today, and it has shocked and saddened us all,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said Thursday in a statement.
“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 was reportedly attending a party in Severn, Maryland with his girlfriend when a fight led to gunfire, and a flying bullet hit Aaron while he was standing by a wall. It was later discovered Aaron had jumped in front of his girlfriend to protect her from the bullets, according to the Herald-Dispatch.
“That’s just a testament to how Larry is,” his father, Larry Aaron Jr, told the newspaper. “That’s his mindset, and his instincts took over. The first thing he thought of was to protect his girlfriend. That’s just how he is and the type of person he is.”
Aaron recorded 13 tackles in eight games last season, including one in the Herd’s 31-28 win over Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl Dec. 16.