Chief:  football players 'in wrong place at wrong time'

April 29, 2019 - 7:38 pm

Topeka police Chief Bill Cochran says Washburn University football teammates Dwane Simmons and Corey Ballentine were "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when they were shot at an off-campus house party.

Simmons died in the early Sunday shooting. Ballentine, whom the New York Giants drafted hours before the shooting, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Simmons and Ballentine were among about 50 people at the party.

The chief says many people, including Simmons and Ballentine, went outside after a disturbance occurred inside the home. A car pulled up and exchanged words with people before the shooting began. Cochran says the shooting and the earlier altercation don't appear to have been linked.

A candlelight vigil for Simmons is scheduled for Tuesday on the Washburn campus.

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