Support pours in after shooting kills Washburn's Dwane Simmons
Washburn University is mourning the death of one of its football players who was
"Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons," said head coach Craig Schurig on
Simmons' teammate Collin Wilson took to Twitter to pay tribute to his teammate:
Another teammate, A.J. Thomas, wrote Simmons was "(a) leader, brother, motivator, teacher and a great man..that's what we lost last night..fly high 17"
Ichabod men's basketball head coach Brett Ballard
that Simmons was in the gym on Friday "laughing, joking, and bringing a positive vibe like he always did."
Before coming to Topeka to play for the Ichabods, Simmons played high school ball at Lee's Summit West High School, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.
The school released a statement, calling the 2014 alum, a "valued student, friend, and athlete."
"Dwane was a true representative of our school district and community," the statement continued. "His family, his friends, and his teammates are in our thoughts. Sending love."
According to the University, Simmons played for the Ichabods between 2015 and 2018, coming back from two knee injuries in the process. The 23-year-old defensive back started 17 games and played in 22 overall. In that time, Simmons tallied 59 tackles and three interceptions - one of those, he returned for a touchdown.
Washburn University also released a statement on the shooting, which also injured former player Corey Ballentine, who
by the New York Giants.
"Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general, the statement said. "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."
The University added that counseling services are available for any players who need it. The counseling help line is available 24 hours a day at 785-670-3100.