NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A draft pick for the New York Giants was injured in a Kansas shooting that killed his college football teammate Saturday night.
A letter by Washburn University President Jerry Farley was sent to the campus community, saying the two students were among those shot off-campus in Topeka, WIBW reported.
Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine, a 23-year-old cornerback, was injured and is expected to recover. He was drafted by the Giants just hours before he was shot; Giants head coach Pat Shurmur called him to welcome him to the team, a YouTube video shows.
Dwane Simmons, a 23-year-old defensive back and friend of Ballentine, reportedly died on the street after the shooting around 12:45 a.m.
The letter by Farley read in part:
"Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act. 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."
The Giants released a statement, saying they 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,” the statement read.
The circumstances around the shooting remain unclear.