CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A moment of silence tonight before the Panther softball game at the UNI Dome.
This was to remember former University of Northern Iowa softball player, Micalla Rettinger. The 25-year-old woman was tragically shot and killed while driving on Highway 218 at 2:30 Sunday morning.
Now, two days later, Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka is asking the shooter to please come forward and tell officers exactly what happened.
Rettinger was driving a jeep on the southbound lane of 218 with two passengers in the car. She was driving on the bridge over the Cedar River, near the Greenhill Exit.
A bullet hit the drivers-side window, before hitting her and her close friend, Adam Kimball. Waterloo police are still trying to figure out if this shooting was an accident. Could someone out late in the wood, somehow have fired a tragic “one in a million” shot.
We know police have found the bullet at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, while Kimball was recovering from a gunshot wound to the face. Police are not releasing the caliber of the bullet at this time.
Meanwhile, tonight the UNI softball team remembers this young woman gone too soon. It was the Panther softball team’s final home game of the season, against Iowa.
Before the game started, there was a moment of silence to honor Rettinger.
Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Jerek Wolcott says, “The team is really thinking about her. I think the team has her on their minds, and they’re trying their best. They started off with a home run in the first inning, and that’s the way she would have played.”
Rettinger’s nickname “KK” and her number 12 were on the back of the team’s batting helmet.
Some players tonight talked to KWWL about what it was like with Rettinger on the team. One player saying, “She was just that person that had everyone’s back no matter what.”
In the end, the Panther softball team won the game against Iowa, playing like Rettinger would have wanted.
Again, Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka made a direct appeal to whomever fired the shot which killed Rettinger, asking that person to talk to police about what happened. The chief says he’s appealing directly to the conscience of the shooter to come forward.