Giants draft pick Ballentine shot, teammate killed in Sunday shooting

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Washburn Ichabods player Corey Ballentine, who was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, was shot early Sunday morning. His former teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in the incident.

Ballentine, according to reports, is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries. He was expected to discuss being drafted by the Giants on Sunday, but that has been postponed due to this incident.

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“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” said head coach Craig Schurig. “Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. 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.”

The authorities were called at approx. 12:45 am local time to the 1400 block of 13th street for a report of gunfire. WIBW is reporting that Simmons was dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. The Topeka, Kansas police are asking for anyone, who may have any information about this shooting, to call the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400. In addition, anyone, who may have information, can also call Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

Anonymous tips can also be made via online at

Simmons made 11 appearances, including six starts in 2018. He had 28 tackles, including an interception and five pass deflections.

Ballentime was the recipient of the Cliff Harris Award, which is given to the small college Defensive Player of the Year. He was also one of three Division II players, who played in the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

He had 50 tackles, including three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks.

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