Marshall DT Larry Aaron III Dies of Gunshot Wound from New Year's Day Shooting

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2018

Fans fill Marshall's Joan C. Edwards stadium during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Huntington, W. Va., Saturday Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II)
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Larry Aaron III, a sophomore defensive tackle at Marshall University, died Thursday at the age of 19.  

Per Grant Traylor of the Herald Dispatch, Aaron died because of complications with his treatment after he was shot on Jan. 1. 

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday offered his condolences to Aaron and his family on Twitter:

Aaron's mother said on Jan. 2 that her son was paralyzed after throwing himself in front of his girlfriend to protect her from gunfire during a New Year's Eve party in Maryland. 

"It is in his spine and he has no feeling in his legs," Melissa Aaron said. "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."

Traylor noted Aaron's injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening at the time. He was released from the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute and sent home on Feb. 8. 

A redshirt freshman in 2017, Aaron appeared in eight games and recorded 13 tackles for Marshall last season. 

 

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