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Iowa State Golf Champ Who Had Bright Future In The Game Was Stabbed And Killed On Golf Course

A 22-year-old champion golfer from Iowa State University was found dead on a golf course in Iowa on Monday. Celia Barquin Arozamena had a bright career ahead of her. She was the Big 12 champ and loved everything about the game of golf.

On Monday, she was practicing at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, which is near the Iowa State University campus.

Sadly while she was there, a 22-year-old man named Collin Daniel Richards attacked and murdered her. Police found her body inside a pond on the golf course. They say her body had “several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck.”

Collin Daniel Richards

This appears to be a random act of sick violence. Police found Richards, thanks to an acquaintance of his who was walking near the golf course.

“In a later interview with police, the man identified Richards as an acquaintance who had recently stayed in the same area where the man was temporarily living. The man said when he and Richards were walking on a trail near the golf course in the last few days, Richards ‘had made a statement to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman,’ according to the complaint.

Police said the temporary residence where Richards and the man were staying consists of two tents near the dead end in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue, near the north bank of Squaw Creek, across from the golf course.”

Richards has been charged with 1st-degree murder and is in jail on a $5 million cash bond, so he won’t be getting out anytime soon. Or probably ever.

Iowa State University released the following statement…

“Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.


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