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By Mike Handley

Mikey MonroeMichaella Monroe, the Kentucky teenager who shot the giant 24-pointer that was featured in the July issue of Rack magazine, was killed in an automobile accident last month. She was riding with two classmates when their truck overturned on Mike Brown Road.

Shelby Bockting, 17, also died at the scene. The third girl, 16-year-old Jenna Rigsby, was airlifted, hospitalized and released.

Michaella, known as "Mikey," was still in diapers when her father, Paul, began carrying her deer hunting with him. She shot her first deer, an 8-pointer, when she was 5.

"Daddy held the gun, but I aimed it and pulled the trigger," she told Lisa Price, who wrote the story for Rack. "The scope hit me in the nose, but I didn't care. I just wanted to go find the deer."

She was also hunting with her father in 2009, when she shot the largest buck taken in Kentucky that year. It was Oct. 11, the second day of the state's youth season. They'd glimpsed the buck the previous day, while retrieving a deer shot by her little brother Cody.

About 15 minutes before dark, the buck with the familiar rack sauntered out of the woods. She missed on her first shot, but connected with the second. She also shot a doe while they were waiting to track the buck.

After not finding any sign of a hit that night, Mikey, her dad and grandfather, Danny Aldridge, resumed looking and found the deer the following morning.

"When I got up to it, I just fell to my knees in the water," Mikey said. "That's when I saw my grandfather standing above me on the bank."

Aldridge had seen the deer first, but he'd waited quietly for his granddaughter to walk up on it.

"He just smiled at me and said, ‘That's a good one,'" she remembered.

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Sally Swiernik
Monday, February 27, 2012 5:51 PM
To the family of Mickey Monroe please except our deepest sympathy in the loss off your daughter,sister ,granddaughter,niece.She sure was blessed the day she got that big buck,she must have been so amazed and her Dad so proud.May God Bless you all and keep Mickey safe in his arms among all his other Angels until you are all reunited in eternal love.
Ron Steele
# Ron Steele
Monday, February 27, 2012 8:46 PM
So sad to read about the loss of Mickey Monroe. Thoughts go out for family and friends.
Troy Hein
# Troy Hein
Monday, February 27, 2012 8:59 PM
As a parent of teen girls I could not even pretend to know how deeply this has to hurt. I would like to let you know how sincerely sorry I am to hear of such a loss. "Mickey" was hunting at the age of 5 and that tells me she was treasured and loved. She harbors a radiant smile and has the eyes of a happy soul, she is never gone just moved to a better place. I hope the family and friends find solice in each other and may all of you find reason to celebrate her life on a daily basis. Please don't be one of those families that need an anniversary to get together and remember, instead be the family that lives, loves, and remembers not just Mickey but each other everyday of every year for the rest of your lives.
God Bless all of you.
Steve Chalker
# Steve Chalker
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:32 AM
My deepest sympathies to both girls' family and friends. May God hold you and comfort you during this time of grief.
Ed Pietkiewicz
# Ed Pietkiewicz
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:02 AM
This breaks my heart and I can hardly imagine what family and friends of these girls are going through. They will be in my prayers.
John Wiles
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:15 AM
I am 64 and stories like this one really do make me cry. My heart goes out to the mother and father of this wonderful child. There are so many things in life we don't understand and this certainly has to be one of them. Like my fellow commentors above, ask God too to help you through this incredible heart breaking time. Know that all of us who love the outdoors and have children are with you in prayer and pain. God help us all, but right now, especially you.
Michael Chapman
# Michael Chapman
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:24 AM
I love to read the stories of the awsome bucks taken by the various hunters. This story pierced by heart and filled me with sadness for the families affected by this tradgic accident. My younger sister was lost in an accident when she was 17. I feel your loss and hope that you can lean on the Lord for support. There will always be a great loss in your family you just learn to deal with it over time. I will be praying for your families during this difficult time.
Jack Baker
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:33 AM
I have two daughters and I can't imagine the pain all the families are feeling. God be with you all. A real loss to everyone she touched I'm sure.
Alan Lenske
# Alan Lenske
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:44 AM
I am so very sorry and at lost for words, may god bless your family and be with you threw these times of sorrow. Alan Lenske
Marleine Nickles
# Marleine Nickles
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:57 AM
God blessed Mikey in this world and now she's safe with him. What a wonderful inspiration she is for others. My husband and I lost his youngest daughter in a car accident when she was only 21 so we understand the huge hurt of losing a child--they just aren't supposed to go before we do. May God bless and comfort all of Mikey's family she had to leave behind so prematurely.
steven Radmann
# steven Radmann
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:47 PM
So very sad for your loss,my deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends , God bless her . What a day Dad with a deer like that , you should be very proud of your little Girl . God rest her sole .
Danny Griswold
# Danny Griswold
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:01 PM
So sorry for your loss and I am at a loss for words because I cant even begin to feel the depth of the passing of a child. I know just reading about your lil girl was agonizing to me. My children are my hunting buddies also. God Bless you Dad and the whole family. Danny
Donna Holstein
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:04 PM
So very sorry for the loss for the family and the hunting family also.
Danny Craft
# Danny Craft
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:36 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss, I can't imagine loosing a child. My heart and prayers go out to all the families involved. No one can take away the times and memories you shared.
Pat McDowell
# Pat McDowell
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:51 PM
My prayers go out to the Monroe family I too lost my hunting buddy 10 years ago to an accident. Heaven just received another angel. Peace be to you all.
Charles Aldridge
# Charles Aldridge
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:43 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Some live a life time, some live the time of their life.
You were very blessed.
Larry Mitchell
# Larry Mitchell
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:38 PM
My prayers and deepest sympathy to "Mickey's" family. As the father of a young hunter daughter, I too, greatly feel your loss. The hunting world will miss her. No words can express how I really feel right now. All I can can say is I am very sorry for your loss.
David Pignataro
# David Pignataro
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:55 AM
I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest apologies go out to the friends and family.
Don Franklin
# Don Franklin
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:11 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with you. There is nothing that compares to the pain of losing a child. Many may say they feel your pain, but no one feels the pain like a parent that has gone through it. We too lost a child 12 years ago. The pain never really goes away - you just learn to live with it and remember all the good times. May God be with you and keep you in his arms in your time of grief. We will be praying for you and yo
ur entire family as you go through this time.
R.Stewart Ullstrom
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:54 AM
So very very sorry for the loss both families have to endure.She now hunts with the Great Spirits, Father Sky and Mother Earth. Until you share the trails together again, know that she's with you in everything you do,no matter what or where you are. May God bless you all.
R.Stewart Ullstrom
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:57 AM
So very very sorry for the loss both families have to endure.She now hunts with the Great Spirits, Father Sky and Mother Earth. Until you share the trails together again, know that she's with you in everything you do,no matter what or where you are. May God bless you all.
Ronald Koppelberger
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:00 AM
I'm painfully acquainted with the loss of a daughter but also know that the God I serve is able to grant all grace and mercy in any situation we face. My prayer is that all those whose hearts break in this tragedy, turn in truth to He alone Who can and will supply all their need. Grief will last a life time as will weeping but the sting will lesson as time continues. May you all cherish the memories which you have been blessed with and be grateful for the time you were given. There are areas of growth in a persons life which only can come about through the fire or trial but when it is finished, will produce care and empathy, a love which can not come any other way. My heart does break with you all and I pray God surround you and cover you with His provision that you all will be drawn closer to the Lord. God bless you all and bring healing and restoration, sanity, into your lives...there will be no complete understanding except as best you know how to trust in a God Who never fails or forsakes...His love and prayers, to you all.
Dave H
# Dave H
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:47 PM
My deepest sympathies goes out to the family! May the good Lord be with you in your time of need.
James H
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:18 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Very sorry to hear of your loss.
Greg H
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:33 PM
I read her story just the other day. I vividly remember one of the pictures was with her and the deer in a ditch/creek setting and you could literally see the excitement in her smile. I know that family is hurting.
Danny Monroe
# Danny Monroe
Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:07 AM
My heart is filled with sadness for the families terrible loss. I am 63 years old and I can't imagine losing a child or Grandchild. My deepest sympathies go out to the families for am so truly truly sorry for your loss. May God be with you all in this time of great sorrow.
Tim Boysun
# Tim Boysun
Thursday, March 01, 2012 9:14 PM
Deepest sympathies to both girls' family and friends. May God hold you all and comfort you during this time of grief.
Ronald William Koppelberger
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:02 AM
To #sf...First off why was this comment and commercial ploy not read and disallowed...and secondly to #sf, you ought to hang your head in shame as you seek to take advantage of this tragedy...only scratching the surface of my contempt for this kind of opportunistic behavior...
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:12 AM
Ronald, we do not screen comments before they're posted. We do, however, try to catch and delete the spammers when they surface. We added the captcha thingy to fight robot programs. We've blacklisted ISP addresses from almost the entire country of China, where most of these originate. In the end, in order to allow comments at all, we must depend on human eyes to see them, and those human eyes have to be awake and not busy looking elsewhere. Spammers don't read these blogs. They and the people who pay them are stupid. They seriously think someone is going to go to their site and use a credit card to buy something. But I digress. I've removed the comment. We're trying ...
Ronald William Koppelberger
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:35 AM
Once again Mike, thank you for your response and for removing the post by #sf whoever that is, they are...You indeed are doing a great job and I know the family of these who have lost loved-ones are bigtime grateful...God bless you all and keep up the good work.
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