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A Washburn football player was killed in a shooting and another player was shot and injured just hours after he was selected by the New York Giants.

Dwane Simmons, 23, was killed in the shooting which took place on Sunday morning in Topeka, Kansas. The shooting also injured teammate, Corey Ballentine, who was drafted into the NFL.

Washburn president Jerry Farley released a statement following the tragic incident:

"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 per ESPN. 

"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."

Ballentine was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons," Washburn coach Craig Schurig said in a statement. 

"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."

Simmons had a bright future ahead of him. He was named the 2018 Cliff Harris Award winner as the small college defensive player of the year and was one of three Division II players selected to the Senior Bowl.

Our condolences go out to his family.