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Giants’ Corey Ballentine hits field quietly month after tragedy

The shooting death of former Washburn University football player Dwane Simmons, an incident that left teammate and friend Corey Ballentine wounded hours after he was drafted by the Giants, remains unsolved.

“At this time there are no additional updates in the Simmons/Ballentine case other than that our investigators continue to work strong leads in the case,” the Topeka Police Department said Tuesday in a statement.

Ballentine, who was shot in the buttocks, participated in team drills at Tuesday’s OTA for the first time. He has told team officials he would let them know when he is ready to talk about the tragedy.

Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran told KSNT two weeks ago that investigators were interviewing several witnesses at the scene of the April 28 shootings.

“There’s a lot of working parts to it, a lot of individuals that saw a lot of things that took place,” Cochran said at the time. “We’re very confident that we’ll bring this to a successful conclusion. It might be another month or so, but we feel very confident.”

Simmons and Ballentine, best friends, were leaving an off-campus party. Topeka officers responded to the deadly shooting northeast of Washburn’s campus just after 12:45 on the Sunday morning following the third and final day of the NFL draft.

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