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Teenager arrested for shooting Giants rookie CB Corey Ballentine and killing another

Francisco Alejandro Mendez (18) is being held on a $1 million bond for shooting NY Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine.

After hearing his name called in the NFL Draft, Corey Ballentine the small school cornerback from Washburn was shot shortly after with his friend and former Dwane Simmons who unfortunately did not make it.

An 18 year old man was arrested for the shooting and is facing seven felony counts, including murder in the 1st degree.

Francisco Alejandro Mendez (18) is being held on a $1 million bond.

Simmons and Ballentine, teammates at Washburn University, were shot while walking home from a party in Topeka, hours after the Giants selected Ballentine in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

Simmons, 23, did not survive. Ballentine was shot in the backside and spent several days in the hospital.

Ballentine, will make a full recovery from the shooting but this is crazy to think a young man is willing to throw it all away for nothing.

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