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Scholarship established for Veronica Rutledge's son

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Veronica Rutledge was killed in an accidental shooting on December 30, 2014 in a Hayden Walmart. Veronica Rutledge was killed in an accidental shooting on December 30, 2014 in a Hayden Walmart.
Veronica Rutledge seen while she was attending college at NIC (PHOTO: Idaho National Laboratory) Veronica Rutledge seen while she was attending college at NIC (PHOTO: Idaho National Laboratory)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A former teacher of Veronica Rutledge, the woman accidentally shot and killed inside a Hayden Walmart in December, has set up a scholarship for her 2-year-old son, Colt. 

“Veronica had exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills enabling her to express herself clearly and creatively,” North Idaho College Microbiology Instructor Rhena Cooper said. “She was a dedicated young woman, building a successful family and academic life. Veronica enjoyed her journey with a center of calmness, which stood out as most refreshing in today's sea of stressed individuals. Due to her family, she was a well-grounded woman with a fabulous work ethic. With a twinkle in her eye, Veronica would roll up the sleeves of her laboratory coat and joyfully get to work as a happy, spirited researcher whose motto was, ‘It's all good.'”

Rutledge graduated as class valedictorian from Kootenai High School in 2004 and then went to NIC to study science. 

Cooper and her associates at North Idaho College want to make sure that Rutledge's son grows up knowing his mother's passion for science and love of education. To ensure that the same opportunities exist for him, a donation account to support the college education of Colt and Veronica Rutledge's 2-year-old son has been established at Idaho Independent Bank in Coeur d'Alene.

If you would like to donate, the account is in the name of Veronica "Roni" Rutledge (Aug. 23, 1985 - Dec. 30, 2014). Cooper says all funds collected will be used to establish a memorial scholarship through the IDEA Idaho Savings Plan in her son's name. If you'd like more information you can call Idaho Independent Bank at 208-765-3619.

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