NFL draft pick wounded in fatal shooting

Posted at 7:38 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 09:39:02-04

A college football player died in an off-campus shooting Sunday morning that also wounded a New York Giants NFL Draft pick.

According to a statement from Washburn University, a college in Topeka, Kansas, football team member Dwane Simmons, a junior, was killed and senior Corey Ballentine was wounded.

CBS Kansas City, Missouri affiliate KCTV reports shooting occurred at 12:45 a.m. about a half-mile from the campus. According to CBS Topeka, Kansas affiliate WIBW-TV, police said Simmons died in the street from a gunshot wound and an investigation into the shooting was ongoing.

“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” said Washburn head coach Craig Schurig, according to WIBW-TV. “Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwane’s infectious smile and love for football and his teammates was truly inspirational. Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”

“Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act,” the University said in a statement. “Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general. This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”

On Saturday afternoon, Ballentine had been drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft as the 180th overall pick. Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery.

The New York Giants released a statement on the matter Sunday afternoon: “We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community.”