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Vigil honours star golfer who was killed in Iowa

A course closed sign sits in front of the Coldwater Golf Links course Tuesday Sept. 18 2018 in Ames Iowa after the body of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena a top amateur golfer from Spain was found on the course the day before Vigil honours star golfer who was killed in Iowa
Kristopher Love | 23 September, 2018, 09:30

Chicago: A homeless man who allegedly wanted to "rape and kill women" has been charged with murder for stabbing to death champion Spanish college golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, police in the USA state of Iowa said Tuesday. Police found her body on Monday with stab wounds in the upper torso, head and neck.

A man, Collin Daniel Richards, was taken into custody, held on $5 million bond, and has been charged with first-degree murder. He said that Richards had recently "made a statement to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman", the complaint said, according to The Des Moines Register. Officers found Richards with several scratches on his face consistent with fighting and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to hide, it said.

"We are all very affected by what has happened", said Andres Barquin, the victim's brother, who spoke to reporters in the Spanish village of Puente San Miguel.

"It's been really hard".

Prior to her death, Iowa State had planned to honor Barquin Arozamena for winning the school's Female Athlete of the Year award at Saturday's football game against Akron.

Barquin Arozamena, a 22-year-old engineering student from Spain, was the Big 12 women's golf champion this year.

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.

During the course of the weekend, Iowa State sports teams will wear a tribute to Barquín consisting of a red and white sticker to represent the Spanish flag with her initials.

Police in Iowa say the body of golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was discovered in a body of water after she was fatally stabbed.

Richards left prison in June after serving seven months for violating the terms of his probation, following convictions for burglary, theft, criminal mischief and harassment, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. "Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador".

In Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain, women wept in the streets and flags flew at half-staff. Her friends and boyfriend share what they loved about her. "We are deeply saddened".

"We are all devastated", said the university's head women's golf coach, Christie Martens. She was more than my teammate, roommate and friend.

"When we ask her to do something, she does it and more", Martens said in the video.