Spanish golfer killed by homeless US man

Celia Barquin Arozamena's body was discovered on Monday morning by staff at Goldwater Golf Links in the city of Ames.

Barquin Arozamena hailed from Puente San Miguel in Spain, and this year was named Iowa State University's female athlete of the year, having claimed a major conference championship victory.. (File Photo)   -  AP

A homeless man who allegedly wanted to “rape and kill women” has been charged with murder for stabbing Spanish college golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, police in the US state of Iowa said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Iowa State University student's body was discovered on Monday morning by staff at Goldwater Golf Links in the city of Ames.

“Coldwater staff alerted officers to a body found in the water next to the number nine tee box,” Ames police commander Geoff Huff told a news conference on Tuesday.

“She had been stabbed in the upper torso, head and neck,” Huff said, adding that the attack had happened in “broad daylight,” sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

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Police identified Colin Daniel Richards, 22, as their lone suspect and charged him with first-degree murder. A judge Tuesday ordered him held in jail on $5 million bonds. Richards was considered homeless and had been living in nearby woods, according to police.

Police identified Colin Daniel Richards, 22, as their lone suspect and charged him with first-degree murder.   -  AP

 

Barquin Arozamena hailed from Puente San Miguel in Spain, and this year was named Iowa State University's female athlete of the year, having claimed a major conference championship victory.

She had finished her university golf career, which ran from 2015 to 2018, and was wrapping up her studies for a civil engineering degree. The university's women's golf team withdrew from a competition in Michigan to return home to grieve her death.