Category: Micalla Rettinger

Scholarship Being Established to Honor Slain Former UNI Softball Player

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The University of Northern Iowa is moving forward with plans for a scholarship in memory of Micalla Rettinger.

The former UNI softball player was shot and killed last week in a shooting while driving home from work on Highway 218 in Waterloo. Her boyfriend, Adam Kimball, was a passenger in the vehicle and was injured by the same bullet that hit Rettinger.

Police say they’ve ruled out Rettinger being targeted but are looking into every other theory.

Authorities have yet to identify a suspect in the shooting and are asking for any and all tips from the public.

As they investigate, the University of Northern Iowa Foundation is honoring Micalla’s memory. The foundation is raising money to create a scholarship in her name.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, you can do so here.

UNI Softball Honors Former Teammate Killed With Remembrance and Victory

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — A stadium was steeped in silence before the University of Northern Iowa softball team competed against in-state rival University of Iowa.

The Panthers, the university and its fans paid tribute to the life of former teammate, Micalla Rettinger.

Rettinger was shot and killed while driving on Highway 218 in Waterloo early Sunday morning.

“It’s an opportunity to honor her and come out and play hard just like she did and just like she would do,” said Jerek Wolcott, the assistant athletics director of communications for UNI.

In the same spot in the lineup that the two-time all-conference center fielder and leadoff hitter Rettinger dug in, current leadoff hitter Brittney Krodinger turned the sound of heartbreak into a home run in the first inning. “It’s a welcomed distraction.  It is something they can focus on and not have to let their mind wander and think about what happened,” Wolcott said.

Although opponents on the field, the Hawkeyes extended their condolences with flowers.  “The outpouring has just been amazing across the board with people.  They are really affected when somebody’s life is taken way too early,” said Wolcott.

A 2016 graduate and biology major, Rettinger’s youthful legacy extended off the field.  UNI softball fan and youth softball coach Clint Fuller said, “At camps and at softball schools, she was obviously the one everyone gravitated towards because of her personality.”

UNI players are wearing a sticker with the initials “KK12” on their batting helmets.  They affectionately called her the nickname as she rounded the bases.  Many agree this tragedy brought Micalla home far too soon.  “I think it shows that KK’s memory is with them forever,” said Fuller.  Wolcott added, “Those are the student-athletes that are really special and so when you lose somebody like that it is a gut punch and it is hard to handle.”

UNI defeated Iowa 4-2 in the Panthers final home game of the season.

UNI Softball Team to Honor Slain Former Player with Moment of Silence

WATERLOO, Iowa — The University of Northern Iowa softball team will hold a moment of silence Tuesday in honor of a former player shot and killed while driving in Waterloo early Sunday morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Micalla Rettinger played outfield for the Panthers. She graduated in 2016, earning second-team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior years.

The current softball team plans to hold a moment of silence for Rettinger before Tuesday’s home season finale against Iowa begins at 5:00 p.m.

Rettinger was killed while driving on Highway 218 near the Cedar River Bridge.

A bullet flew through the driver’s side window, hit her in the neck, and then hit her passenger, Adam Kimball, in the face.

Rettinger was able to pull over but paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Kimball was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.

Police say they’ve ruled out Rettinger being targeted but are looking into every other theory.

“One of the first things we looked into, is to whether these people were involved in a dispute or something that had occurred earlier. The passenger said there was nothing like that. They simply left work and drove here. There wasn`t a lot of traffic. So there wasn`t they cut something off, nothing that occurred to the passenger in the vehicle. They simply left work and were driving home.  There was nothing unusual, nothing that got their attention,” said Maj. Joe Liebold with the Waterloo Police Department.

So far, a more than $7,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

Former UNI Softball Player Shot and Killed on Highway in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa — Police in Waterloo are investigating the shooting death of a woman on a highway early Sunday morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Micalla Rettinger, a former UNI softball player, was shot and killed while driving on Highway 218 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. A man in the car with her was also shot. His condition hasn’t been released.

Police have not made any arrests. They also haven’t said where the fatal shot was fired from.

Rettinger was a standout softball player for UNI. She earned second-team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior season and led UNI in hits her senior year.

“I am devastated. [Rettinger] was a pretty special kid to us,” UNI head softball coach Ryan Jacobs said. “I can still see the smile on her face and I remember the way she always thought of other people first in a genuine way. When we had youth camps, she was the one that all of the kids on campus would be drawn to. This is a huge loss to our team and everyone that knew her.”

Rettinger graduated from UNI with a degree in biology in 2016.