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Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and friend were leaving party when shot

More details have come out about Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and his friend, Dwane Simmons, who were both shot early Sunday morning. 

Ballentine and Simmons were at an off-campus party at Washburn University and were asked if they had any marijuana on them. When the two said no, the strangers left briefly before returning and shot and killed Simmons while wounding Ballentine, according to Simmons’ father, Navarro. 

“The Washburn women’s soccer team was haivng a party,” Navarro told KSHB-TV in Kansas. “It was in walking distance … They walked over, you know, had a good time. They were leaving. Some guys rolled up, asked them if they had some smoke for sale. Dwane and Corey said no, and [the men] just drove off and came back around and opened fire.”

Navarro said that neither Ballentine nor his son had ever seen the men before. 

Police do not have any suspects but there were “dozens” of people at the party and they are interviewing witnesses.

Ballentine, 23, was shot in the glute and was released from the hospital on Tuesday. 

The cornerback was drafted on Saturday afternoon in the sixth round by the Giants and called Dwane’s father after the incident to tell him what happened. 

Navarro thought the call was to celebrate his son’s friend being drafted. 

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