Standout Iowa State golfer murdered in random act of violence

Courtesy WOI

Courtesy WOI

Teammates of an Iowa State University student who was killed while playing golf near the campus have lit candles at a vigil to remember the 22-year-old.

22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death.

The family of a man accused of killing an Iowa State University golf star said Thursday that they're in "mourning" over the young woman's death.

Richards was considered homeless and had been living in nearby woods, according to police.

She was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.

Celia will also be honored Saturday with a pre-game ceremony at Jack Trice Stadium before the Cyclone football team takes on Akron. Friends will have a chance to share memories about Barquin and write messages to her family in Spain. In April, she became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medallist honours at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. "She just had this great light about her", said Barquin Arozamena's coach Christie Martens, according to CBS.

Richards faces life in prison if he is convicted.

Barquin Arozamena knew every "nook and cranny" of the Coldwater Links golf course, said John Walters, director of broadcasting, in the video. A native of the Canary Islands with a degree in aeronautical engineering, Carlos had enjoyed a wonderful love story with Celia, one that he described to the crowd, revealing more sides to the captivating personality that had already been described by her friends, roommates, a teacher and her coach. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting that his client didn't wish to speak to investigators.

". lots of people looked weird at me because they don't understand me", she said. Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 in the country by Golfweek, was one of three women's golfers to ever compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship. 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. He got high and stole a pickup truck after wrecking his own vehicle.

Richards once threatened to "shoot up" a convenience store where he was caught shoplifting. "We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life".

Richards was sent to prison a year ago only after he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, failed to complete an anger-management course he started four times and didn't pay court-ordered fees to a halfway house, court records show.

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