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SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that took the life of a Washburn University football player and injured a teammate.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the wound is not considered life-threatening, and doctors told him he could recover in “a matter of weeks.”
Video: NFL Draft pick Corey Ballentine injured and teammate Dwane Simmons killed in shooting
Washburn football player killed, Giants draftee wounded in Kan. shooting
Just before 1a.m. Sunday, police responded to 1400 SW 13th Street in Topeka in reference to a disturbance with gunshots in the area, according to Lt. Andrew Beightel. Upon arrival, officers discovered a victim identified as 23-year-old Dwane Simmons. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another victim from the same incident identified as 23-year-old Corey Ballentine arrived at an area hospital by private vehicle with a non- life-threatening gunshot wound. Simmons was a junior mass media major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, according to his Washburn University bio.
In a media relase from Washburn, head football coach Crag Schurig said,” Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons. He was 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.”
“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons” Washburn coach Craig Schurig said in a statement. Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwanes 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.”
New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine wounded, college teammate killed in shooting, university says
The New York Giants issued a statement 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.”