Sarah Papenheim, an American College Student, Slain While Studying Abroad


An American student who was living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam was stabbed to death in her apartment. Police are preparing to arraign a man suspected of the slaying. Spokeswoman for the police Miriam Boers confirmed on Friday, Dec. 15, 2018, that the victim was 21-year-old Sarah Papenheim.

According to CBS Minnesota, Papenheim was a psychology student from Andover, Minnesota. She was studying at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University.

In a statement released by Rotterdam police they say she died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, after a stabbing incident in her home, near the university.

The 23-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested the same day at the railway station in Eindhoven. Boers said the suspect will be arraigned in a closed-door hearing before an investigating judge.

The local media reports that the suspect in Papenheim’s murder is her roommate, however, police have not confirmed the man’s identity.

CBS Minnesota reported that Papenheim had become well known in Minnesota’s music scene as an accomplished drummer.

Veteran drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson, who played with Prince, told CBS Minnesota on Thursday that he was impressed with Papenheim’s power on the drums. When he saw her play in the city, he nicknamed her “Thumper.”

Johnson became a friend and mentor to the young musician and told CBS Minnesota that he was “still numb” over the death of “a great spirit.”

“I still can’t believe that something this bad happened to her, especially, because she was such a great kid.”

Papenheim moved to the Netherlands to study psychology, with a focus on suicide, several year after her brother took his own life, reported Johnson.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help her family raise the money to bring her body home to Minnesota.

By Jeanette Smith


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