23-year-old Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Giants, was injured and his college teammate killed in an off-campus shooting in Topeka, Kansas early Sunday.
Corey suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in the incident that took place just hours after he was selected in the NFL draft Saturday evening.
Authorities said they responded to a “disturbance with gunshots” off-campus around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, and found Simmons dead.
Ballentine, who was injured and taken to a local hospital by private vehicle, is expected to make a full recovery, Washburn president Dr. Jerry Farley said in a statement.
“We 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 Giants said in a statement.
Ballentine was the seventh pick of the sixth round, and the 180th overall. He was also the first player out of Washburn to be drafted since Cary Williams headed to the Tennessee Titans in 2008, according to the university.
The defensive back expressed his excitement on Instagram Saturday, writing he was grateful to the Giants for inviting him to be part of the team.
A police investigation is ongoing.