BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A college football player from Maryland who was left paralyzed after being shot at a New Year’s Eve party in Anne Arundel County has passed away.
University of Marshall head football coach John Doc Holliday tweeted out Thursday that Larry Aaron III has died.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department confirmed that he died from his injuries while at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
A close family friend also said he died from complications from his injury.
“I was with them last night,” family friend Lisa Zovko said. “They want their son back. They just want to have their son. This is the worst thing that ever could have happened.”
Aaron, 19, was in Severn, when his parents say he was trying to shield his girlfriend after shots were fired inside a crowded home. Police are now investigating the case as a homicide.
Rival high school basketball teams dedicated their game to him earlier this month. The fundraiser was held at his alma mater, Oakland Mills High School. The money raised from the game was meant to pay for medical expenses.
Police are still searching for the person who shot Aaron. They say no new information or leads have been presented.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information about the person who shot Aaron.
A fundraiser for the family is being organized for this weekend at Marshall University.