Shooting kills college football player, injures New York Giants’ recent draft pick

Police say officers found 23-year-old defensive back Dwayne Simmons dead when they investigated gunshots shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Former Washburn defensive back Corey Ballentine at the NFL scouting combine March 4, 2019. Police say Ballentine was
Former Washburn defensive back Corey Ballentine at the NFL scouting combine in March. Police say Ballentine was wounded in a shooting that killed current Washburn player Dwayne Simmons. –AP Photo/Michael Conroy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas are investigating a shooting that killed one current Washburn University football player and injured a former player just hours after he was drafted by the New York Giants.

Topeka police say officers found 23-year-old defensive back Dwayne Simmons dead when they investigated gunshots shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Washburn coach Craig Schurig says Simmons’ death is heartbreaking. He says the junior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, maintained a great attitude even while battling through two knee injuries.

Cornerback Corey Ballentine is the wounded player who was picked by the Giants in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday. The 23-year-old grew up in Topeka, where Washburn is located.

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Police said Ballentine’s injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, but it’s not yet clear how they might affect his football career.