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Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine was shot Sunday morning

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Washburn University football player killed, Giants draftee injured in shooting

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The university said it "was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration" for both football players.
Image: Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on March 3, 2019.

Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on March 3, 2019.Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images file

 
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April 28, 2019, 2:14 PM EDT
By Janelle Griffith

A Washburn University football player was killed and his former teammate who was drafted by the New York Giants was wounded in an off-campus shooting early Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, according to the university.

Dwane Simmons, 23, a junior, was killed in the incident, and Corey Ballentine, 23, a senior and sixth-round NFL pick, was injured, according to a statement from Washburn University president Jerry Farley.

Image: Dwane Simmons, a Washburn University football player, was fatally shot on April 28, 2019.Dwane Simmons, a Washburn University football player, was fatally shot on April 28, 2019.Washburn University

Officers responded around 12:45 a.m. to reports of gunfire in central Topeka, about four blocks from the university, and found Simmons dead in the street, a spokesman for the Topeka Police Department told NBC News.

 
 

Ballentine, who was drafted by the Giants on Saturday, arrived at an area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound from the same incident, police said.

 

The university president said it was "particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act."

"Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general," Farley said. "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."

Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery, Farley said.

 

The Giants said it was aware of "the tragic situation and continue to gather information."

"We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital," the team said. "Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/washburn-university-football-player-killed-giants-draftee-injured-shooting-n999311

 

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Aside from the loss of a best buddy who was killed standing right next to him . . .   😪

And then getting shot in the butt to boot . . . I sincerely hope this incident doesn't taint his stock

or hurt his career in any way. This appears to be a situation where he just happened to be in the

wrong place at the right time. Our society is such that almost any degenerate anywhere anytime

can get his hands on a gun and do something stupid or heartless.   :facepalm:   

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