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NY Giants Draft Pick Injured, College Teammate Killed In Kansas Shooting

"This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to..."

Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Giants was reportedly injured in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas Sunday morning (April 28), People reports. His college teammate at Washburn University, Dwane Simmons, was unfortunately killed.

The shooting occurred hours after the Washburn University senior was selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday (April 27). The Topeka Police Department said their officers responded to a "disturbance with gunshots" at an off-campus location around midnight on Sunday. Upon arrival, they discovered Simmons dead. Ballentine was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Washburn University's president, Dr. Jerry Farley released a statement in mourning of the school's tremendous loss. "Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act," he said. "Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general. This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career."

The Giants also responded to the recent reports, stating, "we are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community."

Twenty-three-year-old Ballentine was the seventh pick of the sixth round, and the 180th overall. He was also the first player out of Washburn to be drafted since Cary Williams went to the Tennessee Titans in 2008. The defensive back expressed his excitement for the new chapter on Instagram prior to the shooting. "It’s all a crazy dream until you do it. I can’t even explain the emotions I have right now. Blessed with the opportunity to live out my dream," he wrote. "Shout out the people that told me to pick a more realistic career. This is as real as it gets. Thank you to the Giants organization for believing in me. It’s only up from here. #GiantsPride"

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Justice For Junior: Testifying Witness Says Hit Has Been Placed On His Life

Kevin Alvarez, one of several Trinitarios gang members responsible for the barbarous June 2018 murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, was indicted on murder charges.

However, after striking a deal with the prosecution, which involves flipping on his co-conspirators, Alvarez has pled guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy. He faces 25 years in prison and, according to him, a death sentence. Alvarez stated members of his former gang has been instructed to kill him on sight.

In a packed courtroom, Monday (May 21) he nervously identified the five others responsible for the vicious stabbing death of the Bronx teen. Alvarez said he drove one of the four cars to chase Junior and revealed the 15-year-old tried to run into St. Barnabas Hospital for help, but he blocked him, which is why Junior then ran into a bodega.

Alvarez, 20, said he assumed Junior was in another gang and involved in a rival shooting.

He then explained that he was the one who pushed the bodega door open, helped to drag Junior out and repeatedly punched and kicked Junior in the head while he was down. Junior tried to tell him he wasn't the person they were looking for, but Alvarez and co. didn't listen.

Video of Junior’s murder played again in court in slow motion. Junior’s mom with their heads between her knees, cried quietly throughout. #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/APqZ2k8Odh

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 21, 2019

The prosecution then played the heartwrenching footage from the bodega. Reportedly, Junior's mother turned away and kept her head between her knees crying.

If all members of the Trinitarios gang are convicted, they face life in prison.

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YG's '4REAL 4REAL' Album Cover Honors Nipsey Hussle

On May 24, YG will release his fourth studio album, 4REAL 4REAL, a feat that fans are eagerly awaiting. After debuting singles like "Go Loko" and "Stop Snitchin," the Compton native also revealed the project's cover, which is dedicated to Nipsey Hussle.

In script at the bottom of images of YG, "In loving memory of Nipsey Hussle" is cemented, canonizing YG's longtime friendship with the fallen rapper. Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 in Los Angeles, a passing that received a wave of condolences and memories shared of the 33-year-old entrepreneur/artist. The lyrical pair have a history of churning out collaborative songs like "You Broke," "I Wanna Benz," "FDT," and "Last Time That I Checc'd."

 

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4REAL 4REAL THE ALBUM. MAY 24TH! 🏁

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In a previous interview with Billboard, YG said music is his safe haven and shelters him from a dark place. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

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Search Continues For Missing Miami Educator Kameela Russell

It's been a week since the disappearance of Kameela Russell, a mother of two and educator who seemingly vanished while picking up her daughter in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports the 41-year-old was last seen on May 15 around 6 pm ET, when she went to pick up her youngest daughter from her aunt's house. Russell has two daughters with the oldest being 15 and the youngest, 6. Russell's aunt, Donna Blyden, said she believed she saw Russell's 2014 black Audi pull up to her driveway on Wednesday but when she checked the driveway, the car wasn't there.

Blyden then texted her saying, "‘Where are you? You were in the driveway just now, and now you’re not here. Where are you?'” She didn't get an answer. “She’s got two girls, and they need to have their mom,” said Blyden.

Russell works as a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High and went to work before she went missing. She didn't return to her job on Thursday or Friday. Students talked to reporters about Russell and were shocked to hear about her mysterious disappearance.

“It’s very crazy. I used to see her around a lot, always a smile. It was a real shock to see her missing and everything,” student Jamal Moss told WSVN Monday (May 20). “I’m very concerned. I hope she’s like OK, and they find her soon.”

Russell has worked for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system since 2014 and was previously a teacher at Walter C. Young Middle School and once worked for the Broward County Public School System. She's originally from Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas.

Russell's image has been printed on handouts and seen all over social media. District officials have also taken to social media to ask for the public's help.“Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call the police if you have seen her," Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted.

Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call police if you have seen her. pic.twitter.com/S75aGzSauH

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 19, 2019

Speaking to NBC6, her older daughter Skye pleaded for her mother's safe return. “Everybody’s fighting for you. People who I haven’t even seen in years are coming out just to try and help you. Your students, we need you. Just come back.”

Friends from high school have also taken to social media to help find the mother of two. "We need to find my buddy from high school. Always smiling, super smart Kameela," Twitter user Barby Vee tweeted over the weekend.

Russell was last seen in Miami Gardens wearing gray leggings with a striped shirt and sneakers and driving a 2014 black Audi A6 with the Florida tag HBQJ20. She is 5"7 with black and purple braids in her hair.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts are asked to contact the Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473. You can also remain anonymous.

 

 

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Where are my tickets?!? #WCY

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— Abu Salah (@itsmesalah_) May 18, 2019

Just spoke to Kameela Russell’s family about her disappearance. They are hurting but staying strong. If you know where she might be, please contact @MGPDFL. She has two beautiful daughters who need their mom. @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/viTY3DYkDj

— Katie Johnson (@Katie_Johnson_) May 18, 2019

The @MGPDFL is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41 year-old Kameela Russell, who has been missing since May 15th, 2019. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Gardens PD at 305-474-6473. @nbc6 @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/dQYC4D07Y9

— Miami Gardens Police Dept. (@MGPDFL) May 17, 2019

BP BREAKING| Miami Gardens Police have just updated Bahamas Press to a missing Bahamian woman, who has not been seen since May 15th. BP can confirm 41-year-old, Kameela Russell, of New Providence but worked at Norland Senior High School as a test chair. #missing pic.twitter.com/E6xHToC5Dx

— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) May 19, 2019

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