Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff and Story County Attorney Jessica A. Reynolds right leave a news conference after speaking about the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena Tuesday Sept. 18 2018 in Ames Iowa. Barquin who

Man charged with murder after Spanish champion golfer found dead on Iowa course

Iowa State University's women's golf team has withdrawn from the East & West Match Play competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The family of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a champion golfer from Spain who was studying in Iowa and was found murdered on a golf course, have spoken out in the wake of her killing. Police said the 22-year-old had "several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck" and appeared to have been attacked in what authorities believe was a random act of violence.

Soon after, police charged a homeless man who had been camping nearby with murder in her death.

"Celia was a handsome person who was loved by all her teammates and friends", said Christie Martens, Iowa State head women's golf coach.

The university said Barquin, a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.

As news of the tragedy was disseminated, many people and organizations began to send their tributes to the slain golfer.

Meanwhile, fans of the Iowa State football team have all been asked to wear yellow for Saturday's games in Ames against Akron, in honour of Barquin. "She was my sister", M.J. Kamin, Barquin Arozamena's teammate, said. He told an acquaintance that he had an urge to "rape and kill a woman", police said.

Officials said they were called to the golf course at around 10 a.m. when golfers found an unattended golf bag.

"It's still very troubling for something like this to happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is", Ames police Cmdr.

Flags in the small town were also flying at half-staff.

In Richards' backpack were bloodied clothes and a knife, the document says. This year, she won the Big 12 championship and an amateur tournament in Europe and competed in the U.S. Women's Open Championship. "I had the pleasure of meeting her and I know she was a special person", he said.

Paul Rounds, a public defender representing Richards, declined comment. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. Records show he was arrested weeks later after he was found passed out near an Ames liquor store, telling police he took antidepressants before drinking alcohol.

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life", head coach Christie Martens said in a statement. In another, he threatened to return to a convenience store to shoot clerks after they caught him shoplifting.

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