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Former Iowa softball standout, 25, killed by apparent stray bullet; police investigate possible illegal hunter

Former Iowa softball standout, 25, killed by apparent stray bullet; police investigate possible illegal hunter

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A hunter’s bullet could have unintentionally struck and killed a girl and star faculty athlete as she was driving on an Iowa freeway in the course of the evening over the weekend.

Police stated the bullet shattered the driving force’s window of 25-year-old Micalla Rettinger’s automobile Sunday on Freeway 218 in Waterloo, placing her within the neck and killing her.

The bullet additionally struck her boyfriend Adam Kimball, 32, within the face, wounding him, in response to police and the Des Moines Register.

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A 3rd particular person within the automobile was not damage.

Micalla Rettinger, 25, was struck by a bullet and killed as she was driving on an Iowa highway early Sunday with her boyfriend and a third person.

Micalla Rettinger, 25, was struck by a bullet and killed as she was driving on an Iowa freeway early Sunday along with her boyfriend and a 3rd particular person.
(College of Northern Iowa)

Investigators have dominated out highway rage because the motive in Rettinger’s demise.

“That was one of many first issues we appeared into, is as to whether these folks had been concerned in a dispute or one thing that had occurred earlier,” Waterloo Police Maj. Joe Leibold stated, in response to KWWL-TV.

“The passenger stated there was nothing like that,” he stated. “They merely left work and drove right here. There wasn’t plenty of site visitors. So there wasn’t they minimize one thing off, nothing that occurred to the passenger within the car. They merely left work and driving house, there was nothing uncommon nothing that received their consideration.”

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As a result of the capturing occurred round 2:30 a.m., one principle is the shooter may very well be an individual who was searching illegally, the station reported.

Police on Monday appealed to the general public for assist in “finding any one who could also be concerned in capturing or searching (authorized or unlawful) within the space of the Cedar River between the Freeway 218 Bridge and the Conger Ave Bridge.”

The enchantment additionally included homeowners of path/surveillance cameras.

It was additionally attainable that the bullet might have come from somebody randomly capturing a weapon, in response to KWWL.

Rettinger graduated from the College of Northern Iowa the place she was a member of the softball crew, incomes convention honors in her junior and senior yr.

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“Sunday morning, we misplaced a member of the Panther household. We’re devastated to study of the mindless demise of Micalla Rettinger,” Director of Athletics David Harris stated. “This information is heartbreaking to our softball crew, UNI Athletics and all the campus.”


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