Paralyzed college football player from Howard Co. dies at 19

WASHINGTON — The Marshall University football player from Columbia, Maryland, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot on New Year’s Day died Thursday. He was 19.

Larry Aaron III was attending a New Year’s Eve party in Severn, Maryland, when he was hit in the back with a stray bullet from a nearby fight. He had been shielding his girlfriend.

The bullet hit Aaron in the thoracic spine and resulted in paralysis from the waist down, according to a GoFundMe page set up after the shooting to alleviate Aaron’s medical and living expenses.

Marshall Thundering Herd head football coach John Doc Holliday shared his condolences on Twitter Thursday saying, “We lost an incredible young man today. The entire Herd Family is praying for Larry Aaron’s family.”

Holliday’s tweet consisted of two photos, one of which was a screenshot from an iPhone’s Notes app which stated: “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 forgotten.”

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