Honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena one year after her death

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AMES — Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a star golfer at Iowa State University.

“Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

Iowa State University Athletics Director Jamie Pollard in September 2018

A native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, Arozamena was an all-world golf talent: She won the 2018 European Ladies Amateur Championship, an individual Big 12 Championship and was named the 2018 Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.

The lights along U.S. 30 as you enter Ames will be shining in a beautiful yellow throughout the week to honor Arozamena one year after her death.

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“All this week, we honor Celia’s memory and spirit by turning the lights along U.S. 30 a bright yellow – her favorite color,” the City of Ames announced.

22-year-old Collin Richards pleaded guilty in June to Murder in the First Degree after Arozamena was found in a pond near Coldwater Golf Links in Ames on September 17, 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution.

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“Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”

Iowa State Women’s Golf Coach Christie Martens in September 2018

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds reads victim impact statement on behalf of Arozamena’s family during August 23 sentencing hearing for Collin Richards

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