Giants draft pick's message to slain Washburn teammate: 'I love you forever'

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A 2014 graduate of Lee's Summit West High School, where he holds a record in track and field, Simmons was a starter for the high school's 2013 state championship football team. He studied mass media at Washburn in the hopes of covering sports if playing professional football did not pan out.

In a statement Monday, the high school's current and former football coaches, Vinny Careswell and Royce Boehm, respectively, said Simmons would be missed by his Titan teammates. Simmons was loved by everyone, Boehm said.

"He was a favorite at our youth football camp with the kids because of his dynamic personality," Careswell said.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the university's Kuehne Bell Tower to show support for members of the community affected by "this tragic loss," Washburn said. If it rains, the memorial will be in Memorial Union.

Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Topeka Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400 or the Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007. Anonymous tips can be made online at

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