Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

Collin Richards

The 22-year-old's remains were found in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, on Monday, authorities said in a press release.

Barquin was an accomplished college golfer, becoming the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, has been charged with her murder.

"Celia was a handsome person who was loved by all her teammates and friends", said Christie Martens, Iowa State head women's golf coach.

"What did he do to her?" an acquaintance of Richards allegedly asked officers who were searching the area. They found Barquin's body in the pond with several stab wounds to her upper torso, head and neck, according to the complaint filed Tuesday against Richards.

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Born in Puente San Miguel, Spain, Barquín was completing a degree in civil engineering and was described by Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard as "a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador".

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell spoke about the death during a meeting with the media on Tuesday. He faces first-degree murder charges, said police and made his initial appearance at Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Swedish golfing great Annika Sorenstam called the murder "horrendous", as she posted a picture of herself alongside Barquin after she won the 2018 European Ladies' Amateur Championship in Slovakia in July. She had been playing an early round of golf. Police said Richards was jobless, had been living in a tent in an encampment near the course and had spoken of his desire to "rape and kill a woman". In another, he threatened to return to a convenience store to shoot clerks who caught him shoplifting. Officers then discovered the body "some distance away" from the bag, and they later determined that she was assaulted and later died. He said police have had "past encounters" with Richards but that he did not know details, or any information about Richards' criminal record.

"We are all devastated", said the university's head women's golf coach, Christie Martens.

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