Draftee’s message to slain Washburn teammate: ‘I love you forever’

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April 30, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The recent New York Giants draft pick injured in a Topeka, Kan., shooting sent a message Monday to his slain Washburn University teammate, thanking him for being a “true friend.”

“I love you forever,” Corey Ballentine, a 23-year-old senior, said in a Twitter post about his roommate, Dwane Simmons, a 23-year-old player from Lee’s Summit who was killed in the shooting early Sunday morning. “Thank you for letting me experience your life.”

The post was the first time Ballentine has publicly commented on his friend’s death. Ballentine said Simmons uplifted him, corrected him when he was wrong and accepted his flaws.

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