Micalla Rettinger was in the car at 2:30 am on Sunday with two inmates when she was hit in the neck, police said. A second passenger, 32-year-old Adam Kimball, was injured and treated in the hospitals of the University of Iowa. The third passenger was unharmed according to the police.
"There is no indication that the victims in this case were involved in any way that would have led to their being targeted in this way," the police said in a press release.
Rettinger graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with a degree in biology. She was a member of the softball team of the school.
"We are devastated when we hear of the senseless death of Micalla Rettinger," athletics director David Harris said in a press release. "This message is heartbreaking for our softball team, UNI Athletics, and the entire campus, and our thoughts and prayers are with Micalla's family and friends."
According to the publication Rettinger was an "outstanding outfielder for the Panthers". In her juniors and seniors, she earned the second All-Conference team in the Missouri Valley, the school said.
"I was devastated and KK was a very special kid for us," chief softball coach Ryan Jacobs said in the release. "I can still see the smile on her face and I remember how she always first sincerely thought of other people, and when we had youth camps, she was the one to whom all the kids on campus felt attracted."
"This is a huge loss for our team and all who knew it," Jacobs said.
Waterloo authorities are asking the public for help in identifying those who may have "shot or hunted" (legally or illegally) in the area of the Cedar River between Highway 21
"We also ask anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the area or has a surveillance camera in the area to contact the Waterloo Police Department Investigation Department at 319-291-4340, option 7," the department said. 19659010]