Iowa State video details slain golfer’s transition to America: Learning English, becoming star athlete

When Celia Barquin Arozamena first came to Iowa State University as a freshman, the star golfer from Spain "knew very little English and had a hard time finding her classes," according to a video about her produced by Iowa State Athletics and posted on Facebook five months ago.

Quickly though, Barquin Arozamena made a name for herself not only as one of Iowa State's most decorated athletes, but also as an achieved academic.

Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 Conference champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Links golf course in Ames, Iowa, authorities said. The civil engineering student was assaulted before she died, police said.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who authorities said has no known address, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 22-year-old golfer, Ames police said late Monday night. Police said he was homeless and lived in a wooded area.

Barquin Arozamena was recruited by Iowa State University to play on the women's golf team, starting four years ago.

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