CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – UPDATE: Micalla Rettinger’s stepmom gave KWWL permission to share these photos.
She posted to Facebook yesterday saying, “KK, I love you. I promise I will take care of your daddy for you. I don’t know what else to say.”
Rettinger had a dog she owned and loved, named King.
The University of Northern Iowa has sent out a statement regarding the passing of 25-year-old Micalla Rettinger, who was shot and killed while driving on Highway 218 early Sunday. It reads as follows:
The University of Northern Iowa mourns the loss of former Panther softball player Micalla “KK” Rettinger who was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting in Waterloo.
“Sunday morning, we lost a member of the Panther family. We are devastated to learn of the senseless death of Micalla Rettinger,” Director of Athletics David Harris said. “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.”
“I am devastated. KK was a pretty special kid to us,” 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.”
Micalla was a 2016 graduate of UNI and an outstanding outfielder for the Panthers. She earned Second-Team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior seasons and led UNI in hits her senior year.
She graduated from UNI with a degree in Biology in 2016.
The Panther softball team will honor Micalla with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s home season finale against Iowa scheduled for 5 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.
Police do not have any arrests made at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.
32-year-old Adam Kimball was struck by gunfire and was taken to Iowa City for treatment. There is no update on Kimball’s condition.
Waterloo Police are giving a $5,000 reward for any information regarding the shooting. Call Waterloo Police at 319-291-4340 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS.
Stay with KWWL as this story develops.