Larry Aaron, a Marshall University red-shirt freshman defensive tackle, was shot by a stray bullet during a New Year’s Eve celebration early Monday morning. According to his mother, Melissa Aaron, the student athlete is now paralyzed after the bullet lodged in his spine.
Larry Aaron Paralyzed after New Year’s Eve Shooting
The Marshall community is still reeling from the incident. Aaron’s mother told the Herald Dispatch, “I’m in shock myself. I’m just numb. It’s such a freak accident.”
According to WJZ-TV, a CBS affiliate in Baltimore, two people were shot at around 1 a.m. on the first day of the new year. Police officers responded to the incident at a home in Severn, Maryland.
Aaron’s injuries are not life-threatening, according to reports. However, the athlete is paralyzed at this time, says his mother.
“It is in his spine and he has no feeling in his legs,” she 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.”
Marshall Teammates Visit Aaron in the Hospital
The Herald-Dispatch reported that an altercation at the New Year’s Eve party led to the gunfire. Those present said Aaron was standing near a wall when the fight broke out.
According to Aaron’s mother, several teammates have visited him in the hospital. Marshall linebackers Donyae Moody and Jaquan Yulee, as well as running back Tyler King drove to Maryland to see Aaron. She also said that her son was alert and able to converse with them during the visit on Monday evening.
“He is in good spirits and he’s talking with teammates,” Aaron’s mother told the newspaper. “I’m so proud of how the Marshall family sticks together.”
Aaron played eight games and had 13 tackles in 2017 at the NCAA Division I school. Of those 13 tackles, one was during Marshall’s 31-28 victory over Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 16.