On Saturday night, Washburn University cornerback Corey Ballentine was elated to be selected as the New York Giants' sixth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Several hours later, he was involved in an off-campus shooting in which he was wounded and one of his best friends was killed.
USA Today reported that the shooting took place around 1:46 a.m. Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, about four blocks from Washburn's campus. Police Lt. John Trimble told the news outlet that 23-year-old junior Dwane Simmons, who played defensive backfield for the Washburn Ichabods, was dead by the time police officers arrived on the scene.
Ballentine, who was Simmons' teammate and roommate, was later confirmed as the second victim of the shooting after he took a private car to the hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. The injury is non-life-threatening and the 23-year-old is expected to fully recover.
"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 Dwane's upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey's professional career," said a statement from Washburn University President Jerry Farley, according to CNN.