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Marshall Football Player Larry Aaron Has Passed Away

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Marshall redshirt freshman Larry Aaron has passed away, head coach John "Doc" Holliday has confirmed. Aaron was injured in a freak accident at a New Year's Eve party when he was paralyzed after being hit by stray gunfire.

According to a report from the Herald-Dispatch, Aaron passed away on Thursday following complications with treatment stemming from a gunshot wound that left him paralyzed on Jan. 1.

Doc Holliday posted the following message on Twitter confirming Aaron's passing.

An earlier report from the Herald-Dispatch detailed the incident. Aaron was reportedly standing by a wall when an altercation broke out involving gunfire.

WJZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore, reported two people were shot at a New Year's Eve party in Anne Arundel County. Officers responded to the shooting at 1:01 a.m. at a home on Bastille Road in Severn, Md.

Police said an adult male suffered a gunshot wound to his back and was taken to shock trauma with non-life-threatening injuries.

Further details surrounding Aaron's passing are not known at this time. His mother detailed the gruesome nature of his injury in early January.

"It is in his spine and he has no feeling in his legs," she said about the bullet. "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."

Larry Aaron played in eight games racking up 13 tackles on the year, including one in Marshall's 31-28 win over Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

[Herald-Dispatch]