Micalla Rettinger Wiki
We are devastated to learn of the passing of former UNI softball player Micalla Rettinger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all who knew her. https://t.co/i3XsY51f9M pic.twitter.com/eMdcX0VPyC
— #UNIFight (@UNIAthletics) April 29, 2019
Rettinger Was a Star Softball Player at Northern Iowa
Rettinger was a star softball player at the University of Northern Iowa from 2013 to 2016, according to the Panthers website. Rettinger, whose nickname was KK, played outfield.
Sad news out of Iowa. A former Kansas City area softball standout was killed in Iowa highway shooting. Police do not think that Micalla Rettinger was targeted. https://t.co/ewM4qMpW33
— Bob Cronkleton (@cronkb) April 29, 2019
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Head Softball Coach Ryan Jacobs added, “I am devastated. KK was a pretty special kid to us. 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.”
She earned second-team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior seasons and was the team’s leading hitter during her senior year, according to the Panthers website. She graduated from the university in 2016 with a biology degree.
She Grew Up in Kansas, Graduated From Park Hill High School & Wanted to Be a Dentist
Micalla Rettinger, who was struck by a bullet and killed while driving along Highway 218 in Waterloo on Sunday morning, was a former UNI softball star and graduate. She will be honored with a moment of silence before the team’s final home game Tuesday. https://t.co/YpJTbRZe8z
— KCRG (@KCRG) April 29, 2019
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There will be a moment of silence for former <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNIPanthers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#UNIPanthers</a> softball player Micalla Rettinger before today's game against Iowa. <a href=”https://t.co/opg3KVhaV7″>https://t.co/opg3KVhaV7</a></p>— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) <a href=”https://twitter.com/DMRegister/status/1123256948185546757?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Rettinger was a native of Lenexa, Kansas, and graduate of Park Hill High School in Missouri, according to the Northern Iowa website.
“A four year letter recipient in softball, Micalla also earned three letters in basketball. Micalla earned a number of honors throughout her softball career including four All-District teams, three of which were first team honors, a trio of first team All-District honors, and second team All-State honor following her senior season. Micalla’s favorite high school memory was winning their teams memorial day tournament when she was a freshman,” her bio on the softball team’s website said.
— Siglov Freudivan (@DerangedRadio) April 30, 2019
Rettinger’s father, Steve Rettinger, told the Des Moines Register, “(The world) lost a good-hearted person, who was a good citizen, and they probably lost a person who would have become a damn good dentist. She was very committed (to becoming a dentist). At the same time, she found time for her friends and family and making the world a better place.”
Tributes to Rettinger Have Poured in & Northern Iowa Remembered Her With a Moment of Silence Before the Panthers Final Softball Game of the Season
Tributes to Rettinger from former teammates and friends have poured in on social media after her death. The Northern Iowa Panthers softball team held a moment of silence on Tuesday before the team’s final game of the season in her memory.
The world “lost a good-hearted person, who was a good citizen, and they probably lost a person who would have become a damn good dentist,” Micalla Rettinger’s father says. The 25-year-old woman, who played softball at UNI for four years, was killed Sunday. https://t.co/zE6ARqmj7r
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) April 30, 2019
Chelsea Ross, her Northern Iowa teammate, wrote on Facebook, “KK, I love you. If the endless amount of good I could say about you would bring you back, I’d talk about you until my last breath. Thank you for being a one of a kind person and bringing more light into this world than any of us ever realized. Thank you for being a best friend to me. Thank you for dreaming big enough for everyone around you. Thank you for loving me. To the most beautiful soul I’ve ever known, thank you. I will love you until my final day. Forever a best friend, forever my teammate, forever my roommate, forever my karaoke partner, and forever the Sandy Olsson to my Danny Zuko. Fly high my girl? give dad a hug, I know he’s so happy he gets to be with his sweet KK?”
Maegen Lembeck, Rettinger’s coworker at Mulligan’s, wrote on Facebook, “My heart is in a million pieces this morning and I still don’t think I’ve wrapped my head around the news that you’re gone. Micalla Rettinger you were the brightest light in any room and had the most contagious smile. I’m so grateful Mulligans brought us together and the family will never be the same without you. You gave so much in this life and deserved so much more out of it, but I hope you rest easy until we hear you sing again ?”
Rettinger’s Father Called the Shooting ‘So Random & Senseless’
Steve Rettinger said about the shooting, “It seems so out of the ordinary and so random and senseless that I can’t even get my mind around it.”
The elder Rettinger was in Florida visiting his father, who is battling cancer, when he received the news, according to the Des Moines Register. He told the newspaper he woke up inexplicably about the same time his daughter was shot. “I must’ve woke up right when it was happening,” he told the newspaper.
Kelly Lange Rettinger, Micalla’s stepmother, wrote on Facebook, “I never thought I would have to post something like this. My beautiful step daughter, Micalla Rettinger, was taken senselessly from us yesterday morning. She was shot through her car window on a highway near Waterloo. I will link the most current article in the comments. KK, I love you. I promise I will take care of your daddy for you. I don’t know what else to say.”