A huge loss for Marshall University's football program and to the rugby football world. A 19-year old Marshall University Football from Maryland, Columbia is paralyzed after he was hit by a stray gunfire at the New Year's Eve party in Serven, Maryland.
Tragedy is not something new to the @HerdFB community. We’ve been through it before and TOGETHER were able to rebound. It’s time for #HerdNation to wrap their loving arms around Larry Aaron (#93) and lift him up in our thoughts and prayers! ??????https://t.co/Xsm9E1UejS
— HerdNation.com (@HerdNation) January 2, 2018
Larry Aaron III was back to home in Maryland after the college break.
As per the report, the Redshirt freshman defensive tackle is paralyzed from the waist down but the injuries are considered non-life threatening. Talking to the WBAL-TV, his father Larry Aaron Jr. said:
I know they say you're not supposed to ask why, but you know, my son had everything going for him.
Aaron III was planning to head back to college the next week. He and his friends had attended the New Year Eve party at a house in Severn after they saw the advertisement in social media. According to his father, Aaron II was protecting his girlfriend when he was hit. He said:
I'm so upset; I know they say you're not supposed to ask why, but you know, my son had everything going for him. He was standing up against the wall with his girlfriend and two guys got into an argument, and they just started shooting and my son stepped in front of his girlfriend to shield her, and one of the bullets got him.
Medical report suggests that the bullet has hit his spinal cord which has made difficult for the doctors to operate. It can cause more damage, the doctors said.
— Kim Dacey WBAL (@kimdaceywbal) January 2, 2018
Marshall University's Head Football Coach Doc Holliday tweeted about the loss of the University and football world and also supported the player.
It is however with a heavy heart that we bring in this new year as I send my thoughts and prayers to Larry Aaron and his entire family during this difficult time. Your @HerdFB family is here for you. #HerdStrong
— John Doc Holliday (@DOCMUFB) January 2, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 272-pound red-shirt freshman defensive tackle has so far played in eight matches and recorded 13 tackles with a half-tackle for loss in the 2017 season. He managed one tackle in Marshall's 31-28 success over Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 16.
According to the WJZ report, officials are seeking for the suspect and are examining a cause for the event.