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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A Washburn football player was killed in an overnight shooting in central Topeka that also wounded a former player, according to Washburn University.
“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 Dwanes upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Coreys professional career.”
Washburn confirmed junior Dwane Simmons, 23, was killed in the shooting, while former player Corey Ballentine was injured.
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Ballentine, 23, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Topeka Police said. The former Ichabod, who had been drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier, is expected to make a full recovery, the University added.
Investigators say officers responded around 12:45 a.m. to the 1400 block of 13th Street on reports of gunfire. An officer on the scene told 13 NEWS Grant Stephens that Simmons died in the street from a gunshot wound.
Later Sunday morning, they confirmed there was a second shooting victim, Ballentine. He had arrived at the hospital in a private car, police noted.
Police have not released any information about a possible suspect nor have they said if anyone has been taken into custody.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400 or Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007. Anonymous tips can be made online as well at www.p3tips.com/128.
“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,” Washburn president Dr. Jerry Farley 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 Dwanes upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Coreys professional career.”