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Marshall DT paralyzed after gunshot wound on New Year's Eve

Larry Aaron had 13 tackles in 2017. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The mother of Marshall defensive tackle Larry Aaron said her son is currently paralyzed after he was struck by a stray bullet at a New Year’s Eve party early Monday morning.

Aaron, a native of the Baltimore area, was back in Maryland over the holiday. His mom Melissa told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch that the bullet is still lodged in his back.

“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.”

Melissa Aaron said her son and his friends found out about the house party on social media and went to celebrate the New Year. People at the party told her Larry was standing by a wall when an altercation broke out nearby that led to gunfire.

The redshirt freshman played in eight games in 2017 including the Thundering Herd’s New Mexico Bowl win over Colorado State. He had 13 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss this season.

According to WJZ in Baltimore, a 17-year-old was also injured when he was shot in the same incident. Authorities were still looking for a suspect.

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