A Marshall football player died today. He was only 19.
Larry Aaron, a Thundering Herd defensive tackle, passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md. He died following complications at the hospital.
The defensive lineman was shot on New Year's Eve. The injuries were believed to be non-life threatening at the time.
However, it was later revealed that Aaron had been paralyzed from the gunshot. "It is in his spine and he has no feeling in his legs," his mother, Melissa Aaron told The Herald-Dispatch. "They can't remove it because they are afraid it could be dangerous and hinder him even more to do so. It is right in the middle of his spine."
The Herald-Dispatch has more details:
Sophomore defensive tackle Lawrence "Larry" Aaron III, 19, passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md., on Thursday following complications with treatment stemming from a gunshot wound that left him paralyzed on Jan. 1.
Marshall University head coach Doc Holliday issued a statement following the announcement of Aaron's death.
"We lost an incredible young man today," Holliday said. "The entire Herd family is praying for Larry Aaron's family."
Aaron was a 6-foot-5, 272-pound defensive tackle from Columbia, Md. He recorded 13 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, in eight games for the Herd during his redshirt freshman season in 2017.
May he rest in peace.