Iowa State University is planning a series of tributes this weekend to Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena, who is believed to have been murdered while she was practicing on the local Coldwater course in Ames in the USA state.
In April, she became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory.
Police then came across a man leaving the course at 1:35 p.m. who identified himself as an acquaintance of 22-year-old suspect Collin Daniel Richards's.
The family of a man accused of killing an Iowa State University golf star said Thursday that they're in "mourning" over the young woman's death. "This guy went to kill a woman and he came across my girl".
In a criminal complaint, Ames Police said the victim had suffered "several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck".
Iowa State University said Barquin Arozamena was finishing a civil engineering degree.
It was, said Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell, a "cowardly act of violence".
A knife and clothes covered in blood were also recovered, and Richards was charged with first-degree murder, the spokesman added. Her body was found after fellow players saw her abandoned golf bag. She won the 2018 Big 12 championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading U.S. sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies' Amateur champion in July. She also said she might be open to considering a plan to require Iowa employers to use the government's E-Verify system to check their workers' eligibility to be in the USA, although it's not clear whether that would have prevented the farm from hiring Rivera.
Since 2014, Richards had been charged with abusing a girlfriend, stealing a pickup truck, using a baseball bat to smash a vehicle window and burglarizing a gas station.
Barquin's former team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to grieve their loss.
The harassment case stems from an incident in January 2015 where he threatened to shoot up a gas station in Guthrie County after clerks there claim they caught him trying to steal energy drinks.
"We are asking Cyclone fans to enter the stadium earlier than normal and embrace Celia's teammates, coaches and friends", Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement Wednesday.