Washburn DB killed, Giants decide harm in taking pictures

A Washburn University defensive again was killed in a taking pictures Sunday morning in Topeka, Kansas, that additionally injured school teammate Corey Ballentine, who was drafted by the New York Giants this weekend.

Washburn president Jerry Farley mourned the demise of Dwane Simmons, 23, in a letter to the varsity Sunday. Ballentine is anticipated to make a full restoration, Farley wrote.

“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,” Farley wrote. “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.”

Simmons, a defensive again who was coming into his senior season in 2019, had performed in 22 video games over three seasons at Washburn.

“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” Washburn coach Craig Schurig stated in an announcement. “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.”

Ballentine, a cornerback, was the 2018 Cliff Harris Award winner because the small school defensive participant of the yr and was considered one of three Division II gamers chosen to the Senior Bowl. The 23-year-old ran a 4.47 40 on the NFL scouting mix and was considered one of three cornerbacks drafted by the Giants over the weekend.

The Giants are conscious of the scenario and have spoken with Ballentine.

“Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community,” the Giants stated in an announcement.

Police stated an investigation into the taking pictures is ongoing.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan contributed to this report.