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Champion Iowa State University golfer found dead in Ames; man charged with murder

This news story was published on September 17, 2018.
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AMES – A champion golfer from Iowa State University was found dead at an Ames golf course, and a man is in custody charged with first-degree murder.

Former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was found dead Sept. 17 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, according to a statement from the University. She was 22. A native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, Barquin Arozamena was a senior in civil engineering.

“This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete,” Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen said. “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.”

“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,” ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said in a statement.

Following the suspicious death near campus, Iowa State University Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police Michael Newton has authored a letter to the campus community, encouraging vigilance when it comes to personal safety.

Reportedly, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards is in custody and facing a charge of murder in the first-degree. According to Ames police, at approximately 10:24 AM Monday morning, officers were called to Coldwater Golf course located at 1400 South Grand Ave in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Golfers had located a golf bag with no one around it on the course. Officers responded and subsequently located a body some distance away. During the course of the investigation, officers determined the victim had been assaulted and died as a result. The investigation led to a suspect – Richards – who was charged with Murder in the 1 degree, a Class “A” Felony. Richards has no known address.

The Ames Police Department was assisted by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Iowa State University Police Department, Boone County Sheriffs Department, Iowa State Patrol and the STAR1 Search and Rescue Team.


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9 Responses to Champion Iowa State University golfer found dead in Ames; man charged with murder

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

    It is time to revisit the death penalty. If you take a life, you forfit yours. I am for public hanging, I really believe that would be a deturant

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    For a homeless creep he don’t look like he’s starving, to bad the search dogs didn’t kill the piece of crap. His next job will be sitting in prison the rest of his life on the workers dime. He needs to be put out of our misery !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Another senseless murder, But what’s the rest of the story?

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    I Should Know Reply Report comment

    September 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Build that wall around Ames!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Stupid comment. She was a foreign student, here legally. He is a white male. Another example of a man taking by force something he couldn’t have by favor. But, the big.difference here is that he wasn’t Hispanic so it leaves the Trump people out of luck.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        Oh, I think your comment is really the stupid one. How does this tragedy have something..anything to do with Trump people?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm

          Now that, is a good question.

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            September 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

            I think it is a good comment. The original one was made in reference to Trump’s wall and more than likely by a Trump jock.

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            September 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

            You are STUPID!