Details emerge in ‘extremely troubling’ slaying of golf champion Celia Barquín


Iowa State University has announced updated plans to honor golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was killed on Monday morning while playing a practice round at a community golf course. He also was trying to hide a deep cut on his left hand, which he tried to bury in the ground.

A knife and clothes covered in blood were also recovered, and Richards was charged with first-degree murder, the spokesman added.

"We are all devastated" 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.

That man told investigators Richards had said recently he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman" while they were walking near the course, the complaint said.

Barquin was remembered as one of Iowa State's most accomplished golfers and a bright engineering student.

Richards was sent to prison previous year 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.

"It's extremely troubling", Huff said.

"Yes, she was an unbelievable golfer, yes she was a terrific engineering student, yes she even died a horrific death, but this doesn't capture who she was".

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"Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed", Jamie Pollard, the Iowa State Director of Athletics, said in a statement.

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life", Martens said.

Richards does not appear to have known Celia beforehand.

Barquin competed in the 2018 US Women's Open in June as an amateur.

Spain's sports minister Jose Guirao tweeted that "her loss leaves us broken" and offered his condolences to her friends, family and "the whole family of sports".

"The LPGA is deeply saddened to learn the bad news about Celia Barquin Arozamena", the organization said on Twitter.

Garcia revealed he had "the pleasure of meeting her" and called her a "special person".