Former Oakland Mills High School football and basketball standout and Marshall University football player Larry Aaron III died Thursday. He was 19.

Aaron was paralyzed from the waist down after being struck by a stray bullet during a New Year’s Eve party. He died at Frederick Memorial Hospital as a result of complications from the injury. Aaron was shot shielding his girlfriend after gunfire broke out during a party in Severn on Jan. 1.

Aaron, a 2016 graduate of the Columbia high school, was a rising redshirt sophomore on the Marshall football team. He made 13 tackles while playing in eight games for Marshall in the fall.

In a display of solidarity between Howard County’s public schools, boys and girls basketball teams around the area donned green “93 Strong” T-shirts, the same number he wore as a member of the Thundering Herd, during warmups before their games Feb. 2. Aaron attended the Oakland Mills vs. Hammond boys basketball benefit game and watched as his alma mater honored him with a double-digit victory.

“Much love,” Aaron said after the game. “That’s all I can say.”

During an interview with a Howard County Times reporter on Feb. 15 at his sister’s house in Carroll County, where he had been living since Feb. 8, Aaron discussed his road to recovery. He was scheduled to start PT and OT in early March.

“I don’t want to be like this forever, so I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to get better,” Aaron said, adding that the community support and his family were serving as motivation for him.

Following the news of his death, Marshall head football coach Doc Holliday said in a statement: “Marshall University lost a very special young man today and it has shocked and saddened us all. 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.”

Marshall will hold a fundraiser in Aaron’s memory from 6 to 8 p.m. at Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Charlotte.

This story will be updated.

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