Tragedy struck the Iowa State campus this week when 22-year-old female golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on the Coldwater Golf Links course. Collin Daniel Richards, a 22-year-old homeless man living in the area, has been arrested and charged with her murder, and is being held on a $5 million bond.
“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 in a statement. “Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”
Barquín Arozamena joined the Cyclone’s golf team from Puente San Miguel, Spain, and was finishing up a civil engineering degree.
Cardinal and Gold Nation has been coping with the sudden loss throughout the week, and on Saturday, the Cyclones honored Barquín Arozamena before their game against Akron. The Zips also showed their support by wearing a helmet sticker with her initials.
Instagram user meganrodenburg captured the moment, and I’m not sure I can put it any better than she did.
“It’s been a hard, unsettling week in Ames. Praying for Celia’s family, friends, teammates, and my colleagues impacted by her loss. Our entire community and Cyclone Nation grieves with you.”
Iowa State also honored Barquín Arozamena by getting their first win of the season. Our thoughts and prayers are with Iowa State University and her family in Spain.