A Washburn University football player was wounded in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas, just hours after he was drafted by the New York Giants on Saturday.
Washburn University student Corey Ballentine was injured in the off-campus shooting and is expected to make a full recovery. But a teammate, 23-year-old defensive back Dwane Simmons, was killed.
The university issued a statement on Twitter.
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 (@WashburnUniv) April 28, 2019
The New York Giants also issued a statement, saying, “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.