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Former UNI softball player shot and killed early Sunday

Micalla Rettinger
Micalla Rettinger

Law enforcement asking for public's help to identify the shooter.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 5:44 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 5:55 PM

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa says a former Panther softball player was the woman shot to death early Sunday morning on the outskirts of Waterloo.

Authorities say the shooting happened on Highway 218 around 2:30 am. A woman was shot in the neck while driving and the bullet continued on to hit and injure a male passenger.

The woman died at the scene and UNI is saying it was Micalla “KK” Rettinger.

"Sunday morning, we lost a member of the Panther family. We are devastated to learn of the senseless death of Micalla Rettinger," says Director of Athletics David Harris. "This news is heartbreaking to our softball team, UNI Athletics and the entire campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Micalla's family and friends."

Rettinger was a 2016 graduate of UNI and earned Second-Team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior seasons, leaving UNI in hits her senior year. She graduated with a degree in Biology.

"I am devastated. KK was a pretty special kid to us," says head softball coach Ryan Jacobs. "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 will be honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s home finale against Iowa at the UNI-Dome.

Waterloo Police Major Joe Leibold says there is no sign that the victims in this case were targeted.  Leibold says investigators want help identifying anyone who may have been hunting or shooting in the area near Highway 218, especially if they might have a surveillance or train camera.

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