sunny.png
Sunday August 18th, 2019 7:34PM

Chief: Washburn players were 'in wrong place at wrong time'

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Washburn University football players who were shot outside of an off-campus house party hours after one of them was drafted by the New York Giants were "in the wrong place at the wrong time," authorities said Monday.

The shooting early Sunday killed defensive back Dwane Simmons and injured cornerback Corey Ballentine, whom the Giants drafted in the sixth round on Saturday. Authorities haven't disclosed the exact nature of Balletine's injuries, but they weren't considered life-threatening and the school said he's expected to make a full recovery. It wasn't clear if he was still hospitalized Monday.

Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said a preliminary investigation showed that Simmons and Ballentine were among roughly 50 people at the party, which was not specifically to celebrate Ballentine being drafted, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. After a disturbance inside the home, the two 23-year-old players and some other partygoers went outside, he said.

A car containing two to four people — who were strangers to the men — pulled up and exchanged words with people in the street.

"We have no indication that any of the conversation was confrontational," Cochran said.

Someone from the car apparently shot Simmons and Ballentine, but it was unclear Monday if the shots came from inside or outside the car, Cochran said.

The altercation inside the home and the shooting don't appear to be linked, he said, and the people inside the car apparently didn't attend the party.

Police were questioning more than 20 potential witnesses Monday. They also questioned Ballentine but hoped to do a longer interview later, Cochran said.

Police haven't said how many times Simmons and Ballentine were shot. And no information on possible suspects or the vehicle has been released.

A candlelight vigil for Simmons will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Washburn campus.

On Sunday, Simmons' father said his son's death had "shattered a lot of people."

"This was a senseless murder," Navarro Simmons said at a gathering of family and friends in Kansas City.

Craig Schurig, the Division II program's head coach, said Simmons' death is heartbreaking. He said Simmons, a junior from Lee's Summit, Missouri, maintained a great attitude, even while battling through two knee injuries. The team gathered Sunday to mourn his death.

Simmons told The Topeka Capital-Journal last fall how his injuries had affected his outlook.

"It's more than a game to me now," Simmons said. "I came in as a walk-on and had to earn a scholarship, then tore an ACL, redshirted and tore another one. It really puts everything in perspective that this game can be taken away from you in a blink of an eye. So I take this game to heart. I get emotional about this stuff and I take this game very, very seriously, and I'm having a great time."

The Giants issued a statement saying the team was aware of the shooting and was gathering information about it.

"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 team said.

Ballentine played in 46 games for the Ichabods, finishing with 186 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions. He blocked four kicks and averaged 24.81 yards on kickoff returns.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Sports - College Football, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Latest: Lawmakers adopt Holocaust resolution, discuss attack
California lawmakers adopted a resolution in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day and took a moment during Monday's ceremony to speak about this weekend's attack on a synagogue near San Diego
6:06PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Impeach or investigate? Democrats see no reason to choose
House Dems careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's report. But as Congress resumes, its oversight agenda is starting to look a lot like the groundwork needed to launch an impeachment inquiry
6:05PM ( 6 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden accuses Trump of abusing powers
Joe Biden is holding his first public rally as a 2020 presidential candidate, appearing at a Pittsburgh union hall
5:59PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Chief: Washburn players were 'in wrong place at wrong time'
Topeka police Chief Bill Cochran says Washburn University football teammates Dwane Simmons and Corey Ballentine were "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when they were shot outside of an off-campus house party
5:35PM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Chief: 2 players 'in wrong place at wrong time'
Topeka police Chief Bill Cochran says Washburn University football teammates Dwane Simmons and Corey Ballentine were "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when they were shot outside of an off-campus house party
5:16PM ( 55 minutes ago )
Popovich negotiating new deal with San Antonio Spurs
Coach Gregg Popovich negotiating a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs
4:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Slain player's dad says shooting 'shattered a lot of people'
The father of a Washburn University football player who was killed in a weekend shooting in which a New York Giants draft pick was wounded said the crime "shattered a lot of people"
11:54AM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: Slain player's dad calls crime 'senseless'
The father of a Washburn University football player who was killed in a weekend shooting in which a New York Giants draft pick was wounded says the crime "shattered a lot of people
11:03AM ( 7 hours ago )
No arrests in killing of athlete, wounding of NFL draftee
No arrests have been made in the fatal shooting of a Washburn University football player in Kansas and wounding of an NFL draftee
9:22AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Online Football
The Latest: Another day, another crowd of 200,000 at draft
Music City certainly has helped itself attract a crowd with a free concert by country star Tim McGraw, and now Nashville has a second straight crowd of about 200,000 at the NFL draft
11:41PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Wait puts can of chips on Drew Lock's shoulder
Drew Lock didn't have to go far once the Denver Broncos finally ended his wait at the NFL draft, and now he has what he calls a Pringles can full of chips for motivation
10:52PM ( 2 days ago )
Dolphins acquire quarterback Josh Rosen in deal with Arizona
Josh Rosen, supplanted by Kyler Murray as the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback of the future after only one season, has been traded to the Miami Dolphins in a deal that also involved two draft picks
10:51PM ( 2 days ago )
College Sports
The Latest: Cards, Colts add defensive backs in 2nd round
Defensive backs were a rare commodity in the opening round of the draft. So Arizona and Indianapolis began the second round with cornerbacks.
7:47PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Cards take Byron Murphy to open 2nd round
One day after opening the NFL draft by selecting Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, the Arizona Cardinals chose Washington cornerback Byron Murphy.
7:33PM ( 2 days ago )
Chiefs: DA reopens domestic violence case involving Hill
Chiefs: Prosecutor reopens domestic violence case involving WR Tyreek Hill
4:33PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
NFL aerial circus makes for 2nd round of DBs, WRs
So you want proof the NFL is an aerial circus. Try the second round of the NFL draft _ and some of the third.
7:14AM ( 2 days ago )
Blockers and defensive backs go early in 2nd round of draft
Blockers and defensive backs go early in 2nd round of draft
8:56PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Super fans enjoy cheering teams at NFL draft
Several super fans are having fun getting to know fans of teams they will be rooting against when the season kicks off at the NFL draft
7:28PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Latest: Lawmakers adopt Holocaust resolution, discuss attack
California lawmakers adopted a resolution in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day and took a moment during Monday's ceremony to speak about this weekend's attack on a synagogue near San Diego
6:06PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Impeach or investigate? Democrats see no reason to choose
House Dems careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's report. But as Congress resumes, its oversight agenda is starting to look a lot like the groundwork needed to launch an impeachment inquiry
6:05PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Far-right in Spain sweeps town with anti-migrant message
A sleepy town on the sunbaked Mediterranean coast has become a beachhead for the arrival of the far-right to Spain, the latest country to be hit by the wave of nationalist populism sweeping Europe
5:48PM ( 24 minutes ago )
John Singleton, maker of 'Boyz N the Hood,' dies at 51
Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated 'Boyz N the Hood' and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died
5:48PM ( 24 minutes ago )
No arrests day after chaotic shooting attack in Baltimore
There have been no arrests a day after a chaotic shooting attack on a Baltimore crowd enjoying a cookout
5:47PM ( 24 minutes ago )