Man charged in killing of Washburn football player

14 Juillet, 2019, 07:37 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Corey Ballentine was a sixth-round pick of the New York Giants in April

Authorities have charged an 18-year-old man in an April shooting that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates.

Simmons and Ballentine were shot as they walked home from a party in Topeka, Kansas, just hours after the Giants selected Ballentine in the sixth round of the National Football League draft.

The Shawnee County district attorney's office says in a news release that Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and five counts of aggravated battery in the April 28 attack.

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Mendez is jailed on a $1 million bond. Simmons was pronounced dead 11 minutes after the 911 call to report the shooting. After being discharged, he remained in Kansas to attend Simmons' funeral while his fellow rookies reported for rookie minicamp.

Ballentine joined the Giants in May and participated in spring workouts.

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