Washburn Athletics in partnership with Vision Bank have developed the Dwane Simmons Memorial Fund, with all donations going directly to the Simmons family in an effort to offset funeral and memorial expenses.

Those who wish to donate can do so either at the Topeka Vision Bank located at 3031 SW Wanamaker Road or at 712 S. Kansas Ave. Donations will also be accepted online through a GoFundMe page (gf.me/u/sinbdu).

For further questions or information please contact Washburn Assistant Athletic Director of Development, Bruce Steinbrock, at [email protected].

Washburn University held a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night at the Washburn Memorial Union to honor Dwane Simmons. Simmons was shot and killed in a off-campus shooting on Sunday morning in Topeka.

Several people spoke at the vigil including, President Jerry Farley, Pastor TD Hicks, Head Coach Craig Schurig and a few of Dwane’s friends.

Around 1,000 people poured into the Memorial Union and in the hallway to pay their respects and remember their teammate and friend.

Craig Schurig spoke about the charismatic, fun loving, yet driven man that Dwane Simmons was.

Simmons was a fighter says Craig Schurig, he was a walk on to a starter in two years.



The football team and several hundred people poured onto the field, Dwane’s favorite place according to Schurig, to honor and remember their teammate.

The Topeka Police Department has said if you know any information in the shooting please contact them.