Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Just weeks ago, Iowa experienced tragedy and controversy in the wake of the discovery of the body of Mollie Tibbetts, who allegedly was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Shortly after the discovery, President Trump sought to capitalize politically on the tragic death.
Tragedy has hit Iowa again. ESPN reports that a 22-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion and the school's female athlete of the year. Born in Spain, Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found dead earlier this week at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Ames police on Monday night announced that Collin Daniel Richards has been charged following an investigation by several law enforcement agencies. Richards made his initial appearance at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, at 9 a.m. Tuesday; bond was set at $5 million during a brief hearing.
Safety understandably now is the focus of discussion after the latest death.