Celia Barquin Arozamena, an Iowa State golfer and the 2018 Big 12 champion, was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. She was only 22.
Later that night, a 22- year old man had been charged with first-degree murder. His bond was set at $5 million.
Officers were first called to Coldwater Golf Course on Monday morning after a group of golfers found a golf bag by itself with no one in sight. Shortly after the search began, officers located Barquin Arozamena’s body in a pond near the ninth hole. It was determined on site she had been assaulted. In a criminal complaint made by the Ames police, it stated Barquin Arozamena had suffered “several stab wounds to the upper torso, head, and neck.”
It is believed this senseless act was a “random act of violence.” The suspect had been heard by several witnesses, just days before, saying he had “an urge to rape and kill a woman.” It is believed that the suspect, who didn’t have a known permanent address, was staying in a tent in a wooded area next to the golf course. He was arrested when Officers found him trying to pack up his tent.
According to the complaint, Officers had noticed he had several fresh scratches on his face, which were consistent with fighting, and a laceration on his left hand that he was trying to hide. The suspect, who made an initial appearance at the Story Country Courthouse in Nevada on Tuesday morning, had a history of domestic abuse charges, having just completed a
Celia Barquin Arozamena was on the path of a successful career. The native of Spain had just won the Big 12 championship by 3 strokes in April. She was the Cyclone’s 2018 female athlete of the year, which she was going to be honored with at the football game this Saturday. She qualified for NCAA Regionals in all four years she competed, was selected as an all-conference player three times, and earned first-team All-Big academic honors three times with a civil engineering degree, which she had planned to finish in the fall semester.
She is only the third Cyclone in school history to have competed in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which she was invited to after winning the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship. She was also invited to compete in the 2019 Women’s British Open.
Her fellow countryman tweeted this after the news of her death.
According to Christie Martens, the Iowa State women’s golf coach Christie Martens, she was loved by all her teammates and friends.
She will be honored during Iowa State’s football game against Akron. The team will wear a decal on their helmets with Barquin Arozemena’s initials.
RIP Celia Barquin Arozamena
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