A special day for Corey Ballentine turned tragic.
The Giants selected the defensive back during the sixth round (No. 180 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Hours later, Ballentine was a victim of an off-campus shooting near Washburn University, where he played his college ball, in Topeka, Kansas. Former teammate Dwane Simmons, 23, was killed during the incident. Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
"We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information," the Giants said in statement. "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 shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning, according to authorities.
"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," Washburn president Dr. Jerry Farley said in a statement. "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."