This is absolutely terrible news.
Just hours after being selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Corey Ballentine was shot in an incident where another was tragically killed during that same shooting.
Washburn’s Dwane Simmons was the player who passed away. Via Washburn’s website:
“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” said head coach Craig Schurig. “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. Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”
Simmons came to Washburn playing the 2015 through 2018 seasons coming back from two knee injuries. Overall he played in 22 games making 17 starts recording 59 tackles with 42 solo tackles. He added three interceptions for 129 yards returning one for a touchdown in 2018 against Missouri Southern.
Washburn University president Dr. Jerry Farley said in a statement that Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery.
“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 Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”
Ballentine appeared in 44 games for Washburn, recording 173 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 20 passes defensed and two interceptions.
Topeka police are actively investigating the incident.