The depth of the mark that Spanish golf player Celia Barquín left at Iowa State University became evident when her friends and colleagues came together on Wednesday night to mourn her loss, two days after she was found dead on a golf course at Ames.
Barquin, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the year, had no known prior relationship with Richards, Huff said.
Barquin had been working toward joining the pro tour while finishing her degree at Iowa State University.
Celia will also be honored Saturday with a pre-game ceremony at Jack Trice Stadium before the Cyclone football team takes on Akron.
Richards appeared in court on Tuesday, and remains in jail on a $5 million cash-only bond. 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 says Richards "was just going out with the goal of killing".
Richards faces life in prison if he is convicted.
Her unattended golf bag was discovered by golfers at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames early on Monday, and police found her body in a pond a short distance away with stab wounds to the head, neck and upper torso. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting that his client didn't wish to speak to investigators.
The university's women's golf team withdrew from a competition in MI to return home to grieve her death. She's really special to me. Links additional photos. With BC-US-Golfer Killed-Iowa. "I texted my family right before I was playing and said, 'Mom, it's super windy, it's great'". She ended her collegiate career with a fourth straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time.
"She's in an incredibly hard major, but somehow still finds a way to be ready for practice, to be ready for every tournament", Iowa State women's golf coach Christie Martens said in the video.
"When we ask her to do something, she does it and more", Martens said in the video.
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. In another, he threatened to return to a convenience store to shoot clerks who caught him shoplifting. His grandfather told police that Richards had been living there but was no longer allowed because he was abusing unspecified drugs and lost his job, court records show.