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Topeka shooting leaves Washburn football player dead, NFL draftee injured

April 28, 2019 - 2:47 pm

A Washburn University football player was killed in an off-campus shooting early Sunday in Topeka that also wounded a former player.

The shooting happened just before 1 AM in the 1400 block of 13th Street in central Topeka. University officials confirmed that 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, a junior on the football team, was killed in the shooting. Former player Corey Ballentine, who had been drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier, received non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Simmons is from Lee Summit, Mo. and majored in mass media. Washburn head football coach Craig Schurig said in a statement that Simmons death is heartbreaking.

"Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn," Schurig said. "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."

University President Jerry Farley said the school sends its thoughts and prayers to the Simmons family.

A scheduled press conference with Ballentine has been postponed until further notice.

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