Iowa State University champion golfer, 22, killed on Iowa course

Police arrested a suspect on Monday night.
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An Iowa State University champion golfer was found dead on a golf course in Iowa on Monday. 

Celia Barquin Arozamena's body was found on Coldwater Links golf course in Ames after her golf bag was found just before 10:30 a.m.

Ames Police Department said the bag was found with no one around it. A short time later they found her body a close by, prompting a suspicious death investigation. According to the Des Moines Register, her body was found in a pond and she had suffered "several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck." 

The investigation led to the arrest of Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who has been charged with first-degree murder. Richards has no known address, according to Ames Police Department. 

In charges released Tuesday, Richards was living in a tent in a temporary camp near the course, and is alleged to have told an acquaintance he had an "urge to rape and kill a woman."

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

"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."

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Barquin Arozamena, a native of Spain, is the reigning Iowa State female athlete of the year after medaling at the Big 12 Championship in Dallas in April.

She was set to finish her civil engineering degree this semester, the university said.

Barquin Arozamena will be honored at a ceremony before Saturday's football game between Iowa State and Akron. 

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