Iowa police have charged a homeless man with first-degree murder after the body of a promising young Spanish golf champion was found on Monday September 17, in a pond near hole 9 at Coldwater Golf Links with several stab wounds to her head, neck and torso. (BBC)
Celia Barquín, 22 — who won the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship in July — had been studying civil engineering at Iowa State University. Her body was discovered after police were alerted to an abandoned golf bag on the course. (The Guardian)
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Officers found Barqúin’s body in a pond some distance from the bag. According to the criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, she had been stabbed several times.
Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the golf champion’s death. He made a brief initial appearance at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada at 9am local time on Tuesday, September 18.
Richards was found with scratches to his face and a laceration to his left hand, which he tried to conceal, according to police. A knife and bloody clothes were also recovered.
At the appearance, Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said authorities believed Richards to be homeless and the crime to be “a random act of violence.” (Des Moines Register)
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Tributes poured in Barquín’s hometown of Reocín, in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria. “We woke this morning to the awful news of the murder of our young neighbour Celia Barquín on a golf course in Iowa, where she was studying and training to be a golfer, a sport in which she had a bright future,” the Reocín council said in a statement. (El Diario de Cantabria, in Spanish)