Champion golfer found murdered on course

Carrie Guzman
September 20, 2018

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.

Richards was sent to prison a year ago only after he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, failed to complete an anger-management course he started four times and didn't pay court-ordered fees to a halfway house, court records show. 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. Dogs tracked his scent and found him with fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting and a deep laceration on his left hand.

Barquin Arozamena, a Spanish native, was a Big 12 champion and Iowa State's female athlete of the year.

Prior to her death, Iowa State had planned to honor Barquin Arozamena for winning the school's Female Athlete of the Year award at Saturday's football game against Akron. He bathed and left with his clothes in a backpack.

While they investigated the scene Monday, police spoke with a man who knew Richards and asked them, "What did he do to her?" That person claimed to have heard Richards say he had the urge to "rape and kill" women. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his home on Monday appearing "disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water".

Barquín was golfing alone, and the unusual site of an abandoned golf bag led to the discovery of her body, Huff said.

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His season totals include 17 top 10's, four top 5's, three poles, two stage wins, 14 playoff points, along with leading 477 laps. He followed that up with an eighth-place result back in March, his first run there driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.


Investigators later recovered two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two other people after the slaying, the complaint said.

Paul Rounds, a public defender representing Richards, declined comment.

She was described as "one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history", in reference to the name for the university's sports teams. Even though she completed her eligibility as a golfer, she was remaining in Ames to finish her degree in civil engineering.

Barquin's former team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to grieve their loss.

Her coach, Christie Martens, said she had a "great light about her". Police then took Richards into custody for questioning. In another, he threatened to return to a convenience store to shoot clerks after they caught him shoplifting.

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