Washburn community sets vigil to remember Dwane Simmons

(Source: Washburn Review via Twitter)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Washburn University community will gather Tuesday evening to remember a football player who was shot and killed over the weekend.

The Washburn Review tweeted that a vigil is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kuehne Bell Tower on campus. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will move indoors to the Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A/B,

"Please join us for a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Dwane Simmons and to show support for Washburn University and Topeka community members who are impacted by this tragic loss," their tweet read.

Simmons was fatally shot early Sunday in the street near SW 13th and Lane St. The junior from Lee's Summit was with Washburn teammate Corey Ballentine, who had been drafted hours earlier by the New York Giants.

Ballentine suffered minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators say there was an altercation right before the shots were fired, and approximately 100 people were in the area at a party nearby.

Topeka Police are encouraging anyone who was there to call investigators at 785-368-9400, or Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007. Tips to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Tuesday's vigil is being organized by a variety of Washburn organizations and community groups including individual students, the WU Athletics Dept, Topeka Stop the Violence Coalition, the Washburn University Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Black Lives Matter-Topeka Chapter, Washburn Student Government Association, Washburn University Police Department, Washburn Office of Student Involvement and Development, T.D. Hicks from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and the Washburn Black Student Union.