Iowa State holds vigil for slain golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena

Tanya Simon
September 23, 2018

The 22-year-old Iowa State University student's body was discovered Monday morning by staff at Goldwater Golf Links in the city of Ames. He said that Richards had recently "made a statement to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman", the complaint said, according to The Des Moines Register.

Police in the United States have charged a homeless man with the murder of Celia Barquin Arozamena on Tuesday, a day after the Spanish amateur golfing champion was found dead on a golf course in Iowa.

Her killer, 22 year old Collin Daniel Richards, captured just hours later at a homeless encampment in the nearby woods.

Barquin, the Big 12 conference champion, had dreams of making the pro tour and spent hours practicing at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

Richards grew up in small towns in western Iowa, and has a history of violence and substance abuse. If convicted, Richards faces life in prison without the chance of parole.

Officers found two pairs of shorts in his backpack with blood on them, and they retrieved Richards' knife from someone he allegedly gave it to after the attack.

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Police escorted him there from the airport - a move which he said was against his wishes. Staff at JKIA were excited as they scampered for a photo with the youthful politician.

Barquin Arozamena was a stand-out golfer for ISU and was working to finish her degree in civil engineering.

The university's women's golf team withdrew from a competition in MI to return home to grieve her death. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting his right to not speak to investigators.

But the most touching testimony came from the person who had been closest to her in recent months, her boyfriend Carlos Negrín. He had "fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting", the affidavit says. The funds collected will be directed to Celia's family to be used to honor her memory.

She was a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 performer. She won the 2018 Big 12 championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading United States sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies' Amateur champion in July.

Her former team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss. Several speakers, including women's golf coach Christie Martens, talked about the star golfer from Spain. He got high and stole a pickup truck after wrecking his own auto. Wherever life takes us, she said, each one of us will have our halves. In another, he threatened to return to a convenience store to shoot clerks who caught him shoplifting.

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