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Just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2018, Larry Aaron III, a Marshall University football player and Oakland Mills High School graduate, was paralyzed from the waist down after a stray bullet struck him in the back during a party in Severn.

Nearly two months later, on Feb. 22, Aaron died of complications from the injuries. He was 19.

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This is Aaron's story, through his eyes as well as those of the local and Marshall communities that he left a lasting impression on.

Larry Aaron III, a Marshall football player and Oakland Mills alumnus, spent his winter break with old friends and his girlfriend, including on New Year’s Eve. But that night his life took a violent turn.
A tough freshman season, a major knee injury, and competing interests in basketball and baseball threatened Larry Aaron’s young football career at Oakland Mills. He later developed into one of Howard County’s premier linemen before being recruited to Marshall University.
Despite everything, Larry Aaron was eventually released from the hospital and was “progressing as well as we could hope for.” Before long, tragedy struck again. Even then the Oakland Mills community rallied behind Aaron and his family more than they had before.
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