ANNE ARUNDEL CO., Md. (WJZ) — Police in Anne Arundel County are offering a $10,000 reward for information on two separate unsolved murders from 2018.
The first case is a fatal shooting that happened on New Years Day 2018.
19-year-old Lawrence “Larry” Aaron was shot at a New Year’s Eve party in Severn. He was paralyzed by the shooting, and died seven weeks later due to complications from his injuries.
Aaron was a football player at Marshall University.
Aaron’s father is asking for closure.
According to reports, Aaron had nothing to do with a fight that broke out there. He heard the commotion- then the gunfire- and used his own body to protect his girlfriend.
Aaron was paralyzed from the waist down from the bullet that lodged in his spinal cord. Initially, his recovery was going well. He even attended a basketball game at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, where he was a standout athlete before graduating and playing football at Marshall University in West Virginia.
But just days after being honored by his friends in Howard County, Aaron died of complications from the shooting.
On Thursday, his father, Lawrence Aaron Jr., spoke to WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren after Anne Arundel County Police launched a new push to bring his son’s killer to justice.
“The person who did this has no idea the magnitude of what they’ve done to our family. We were robbed of so many things,“ Aaron said. “Whoever did this, they need to be caught. They need to pay for what they did because our family is devastated and we’ll be like this for the rest of our lives.“
Police announced a $10,000 reward in the case, which they said has not gone cold.
For Aaron’s dad, the holidays have been difficult. While he is grateful for the many kind letters and words of support, there are some questions he can’t answer. “They always ask, ‘Did they catch anybody?’ And it just breaks your heart to say, ‘No.’ There are really no leads. They haven’t caught anybody. Somebody out there knows who did this, and they need to come forward. As long as this case is open, we’ll never really get peace.”
Aaron’s father knows he will never get his son back, but he wants the killer locked up.
“They took our son’s life and just ruined this whole family. I mean every day it’s a struggle. I know it happened a year ago but it feels just like yesterday… We want somebody to get caught. We want somebody to pay for what they did. There’s no doubt about it.“
Police have also announced a $10,000 award in another murder last year in Severn. 29-year-old Jasmine Sherel Adams was found dead in the basement of her home in the 1800 block of Hawk Court on August 15th.
Police say she was stabbed several times. Her father found her in the basement.
Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and not a random act of violence, and detectives say they are “actively pursuing multiple leads in this fluid and ongoing investigation.“
Anyone with information is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at (410) 222-4731. Those who wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Download P3Tips APP and Submit Your TIP or submit by web at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.org.