Lees Summit family mourns Washburn football player shot, killed in Topeka – KSHB

Lee\s Summit family mourns Washburn football player shot, killed in Topeka - KSHB

Washburn DB killed, Giants pick hurt in shooting

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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.

Dwane Simmons, a defensive back who was entering his senior year at Washburn, was killed while Ballentine — a cornerback who was the Giants’ sixth-round pick — is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, the university said in a statement. Police officers responded to reports of shots fired about 12:45 a.m. Sunday in Topeka, WIBW reported. Simmons was found with a gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene.

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.”


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