22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with first-degree murder relating to the death of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena, a European Amateur champion and Iowa State star golfer who was finishing up her degree in civil engineering. Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday, Sept. 17 at Coldwater Golf Links directly across the street from Jack Trice Stadium when an abandoned golf bag was found.
After a search of the area, the body of Barquin Arozamena was discovered. It was believed that she was assaulted by Richards before passing away due to her injuries.
According to KCCI-TV, a conviction on first-degree murder in the state of Iowa carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
“This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete,” Iowa State University President Dr. Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement. “We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her. On behalf of the entire Cyclone family, I extend our deep condolences to Celia’s family and her many friends and teammates at Iowa State. We are deeply saddened.”