Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, has been identified as an Iowa State University student who was found dead at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa on Monday, September 17. According to BBC News and other reports, Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to Arozamena’s killing.
Arozamena, originally from Spain, was found dead around 10:30 A.M. after golfers at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames discovered an unattended golf bag on the course, according to a press release shared on the Ames Police verified Twitter account. Arozamena’s body was found in a pond with several stab wounds to her head, neck and upper body, the police said.
Police in the Iowa city of Ames said they had determined that Arozamena died following an assault.
Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Celia Barquin Arozamena… dedicated civil engineering student… talented student-athlete and an acclaimed golfer with a bright future.” Wintersteen added that Arozanena’s death was a “terrible, tragic, senseless loss.”
Who Is Celia Barquin Arozamena?
Originally from Puente San Miguel in Spain, Arozamena was finishing her degree in civil engineering this semester, the university said according to BBC News. She had won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July, as well as the 2018 Big 12 championship, a major American collegiate golf event.
During her time in the US, she rose to prominence as a young golfer and was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. She had also missed the first few weeks of university life in Iowa while participating in the Youth Olympic Games in China. Her European win had secured her an invitation to the professional Women’s British Open next year at Woburn, and she also qualified for the professional 2018 US Women’s Open.
“Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends,” said Christie Martens, Iowa State head women’s golf coach, as quoted in the CNN report. “She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”
Who Is Collin Daniel Richards?
Collin Daniel Richards has been identified as the suspect in the murder of golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena.
According to Des Moine Register, Richards had his first court appearance at 9 A.M. on Tuesday, September 18. It lasted only minutes. Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said authorities consider Richards homeless and believe the crime to be “a random act of violence.”
“The state believes him to be a flight risk, also believes him to be a danger to the community,” Reynolds said.
Richards was later found by officer with “several fresh scratches on his face consistent with a fight and was attempting to conceal a laceration his left hand,” Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff said.
A spokesman for Iowa State University said Richards is not a student and has never registered for classes there, according to BBC News.
It is still unknown that whether the victim and the suspect knew each other.