Reward offered in Giants’ rookie Corey Ballentine shooting case
A $5,000 reward has been offered for information regarding the shooting that injured Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine and killed his best friend, and college teammate, Dwane Simmons.
The Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the anonymous donor added $5,000 to the $2,000 reward that was already being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest.
The donor is said to be a “Washburn University supporter.”
Just after midnight April 28, hours after Ballentine was drafted in the sixth round, police responded to reports of gunshots outside an off-campus party hosted by the women’s soccer team. The neighborhood where the incident took place is not considered dangerous by local residents and includes three condominium complexes patrolled by security cars, per NJ.com.
Police do not believe Simmons and Ballentine were targeted after conducting interviews and reviewing surveillance footage.
According to reports, Simmons’ father said his son and Ballentine were approached by unidentified men they did not recognize and asked if they had “smoke for sale.” The football stars said they did not, the unknown men drove their car around the block and returned to open fire.
Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran has maintained that strong leads continue to be investigated and that there’s an optimism an arrest will be made, but nearly two months removed from the incident, it still remains unclear who was involved or what the motive was.
Anyone with useful information is encouraged to contact the Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007 or share tips online at p3tips.com/128.