NFL Draft Pick Shot Just Hours After Being Drafted

Washburn University junior Dwane Simmons and New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine were shot on Sunday morning.

Topeka, KS – A former college football player was shot just hours after he was drafted by the New York Giants on Saturday afternoon.

His 23-year-old teammate, Washburn University junior Dwane Simmons, was killed in the same early-morning attack, WIBW reported.

Corey Ballentine, 23, was selected by the Giants during the sixth round of the National Football League (NFL) draft, according to WJAX.

The incident occurred as Ballentine and Simmons were celebrating at a party outside a residence in the 1400-block of 13th Street at approximately 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to WIBW.

The unnamed gunman opened fire, striking Ballentine and Simmons, who was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

Ballentine suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was rushed to a local hospital in a private vehicle, police said.

He is expected to make a “full recovery,” Washburn University President Dr. Jerry Farley said in a press release on Sunday.

The gunman’s identity has not been released, and it is unknown whether or not anyone has been apprehended in connection with the shooting, WIBW reported.

Farley called the attack a “senseless act,” and extended his sympathies to Simmons’ family.

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

Washburn University head football coach Craig Schurig said that Simmons was a valued member of the team who inspired those around him.

"Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons," Schurig said in a press release on Sunday. "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,” Schurig added. “Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams."

The New York Giants also released a statement in the wake of the attack.

“We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information,” the team said. “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.”

Comments (11)
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DaveCopah
DaveCopah

What a shame, what a waste. These football players have got to UP their game OFF THE FIELD or they won’t long be playing ON it!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Oh no, say it ain't so!? Shocking I say, shocking!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

“There I was, minding my own business” usually how these things start.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I am not a fan of the NFL anymore for obvious reasons but this is a real shame. This kid works hard to follow his dream and makes it and gets cut down in the happiest time of his life. My condolences to his family 🙏

Divadeb
Divadeb

This young man seemed to be a great person& knew what he wanted&inspired others. My heart&prayers are with his family,friends&teammates. I pray God heal those who loved&supported him, ease the pain of losing a great young man. So sad. RIP😢🙏🙏

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

This is why I live in a neighborhood and on a street where my wonderful black neighbors are seniors, empty nesters, and are wealthier and better-educated than I am.

Stanracer
Stanracer

No big surprise here.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

It appears that someone from their own community did not like the success that these two were able to achieve. They were shot because another resented the two due to jealousy . I have seen this pattern before where " If I cant be successful then no should be successful " mindset. These two were robbed ....not of money but of their life( one) and potential ability to continue to play ( the second). The second is lucky to still be alive as the shooter was likely trying to kill both.

killer93
killer93

My deepest sympathies to his family. It's a total shame.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

God bless these young men.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Uh..pick your partier friends more carefully..you hang with thugs u get treated like a thug