In episode 345 of Naruto Shippuden (オレは地獄に居る/I'm in hell), when Obito arrives on the battle field, he sees how Kakashi killed Rin. The wiki summarizes this scene as

On his way to the battle site, Obito has a vision of Rin through his empty eye-socket. He arrives just in time to see Kakashi run his Chidori through Rin's chest. Rin's death awakens both their Mangekyō Sharingan.

In the next scene we see that the Kiri-nin are clearly disappointed by the fact that Kakashi killed Rin, one of them says "Damn it! He did it!", and another replies "After all the trouble we went through to get her!"

But I don't understand why he had to kill her, why they couldn't wait, e.g., for reinforcements to arrive. Is there some good reason why it was better, for her, or for the village, that she dies, rather than to be captured by the Kiri-nin?

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    This is answered in the manga and will be answered in the future in the anime, are you sure you want an answer? Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 9:50
  • Yes, I wouldn't mind knowing now...
    – UwF
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 9:54
  • Posted an answer :) Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 9:54
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    Because he is stupid. There was 3 seal master in Konoha at the time (Minato, Jiraiya, Kushina) that can fix the seal on her. Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 8:13

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When they were on a mission in the Hidden Mist, the Hidden Mist ninja captured Rin and made her into the 3 tails' Jinchuuriki. Their purpose was for Rin to return to the village, where they'll undo the seal, kill Rin and have the 3 tails rampage on the Hidden Leaf.

Knowing that, Rin jumped in front of Kakashi's Chidori as he charged on a hidden Mist ninja to kill herself and foil their plans.

Obito came a second too late and only saw Rin getting impaled, but later on he too learned the whole story.

The Hidden Mist shinobi were manipulated by Madara. He was the one who set that plan up then told Obito so it could have awaken his power. Rin had a curse on her heart placed by Madara.

Source: Naruto Manga - Chapter 675.

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    Thanks, I had difficulties understanding this, because it is not "Konoha-style" to sacrifice others. Now it makes sense, self-sacrifice is more "Konoha-style".
    – UwF
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 9:59
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    She should just whooped the mist ninjas ass's with the 3 tails... Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 0:32
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    @HashiramaSenju: But she couldn't control it Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 10:25
  • What was the curse placed on Rin's heart?
    – aug
    Commented Sep 8, 2018 at 19:32
  • @aug Madara did, it was all part of his plan to pitch Obito/Tobi into darkness. Obito had one as well Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 12:59

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