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Big 12 Star Athlete Found Dead Today In Suspected Murder

A golf ball falling into the cup.

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An Iowa State star golfer was found dead this morning. A man has since been charged with murder.

Celia Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was found dead at the Coldwater Links golf course, according to police.

Collin Daniel Richards, a 22-year-old man, has been charged with first-degree murder, the police announced.

Iowa State announced the tragic news on Twitter this evening.

From Iowa State:

"Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed," Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. "Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador."

A native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, Barquin Arozamena, who exhausted her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-18 and was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester, was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history.

"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. "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."

Barquin Arozamena became just the second Cyclone women's golfer to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament in April when she claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory (73-71-69=213) at the Dallas Athletic Club.

"We are all devastated," Iowa State head women's golf coach Christie Martens said. "Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."

Our thoughts are with her family and friends. May she rest in peace.