She Warned Her Daughter to 'Get Out.' Now, a 'Terrible Day'

Sarah Papenheim, 21, studying in the Netherlands, is stabbed to death
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2018 9:30 AM CST
Erasmus University Medical Center, in Rotterdam.   (Getty Images/kruwt)

(Newser) – It's a "terrible day" in Palo Cedro, Calif., as the town mourns a young blues drummer known as "Happy Pap." That's where Sarah Papenheim grew up, per the Redding Record Searchlight, and those who knew her there (and in the Twin Cities, Minn., area where she'd also lived) are now devastated to learn the 21-year-old was stabbed to death in the Netherlands, where she was attending Erasmus University. Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune, police say witnesses heard an argument and screams coming out of Papenheim's third-floor Rotterdam apartment Wednesday. Officers found Papenheim inside the apartment with stab wounds, per a police statement cited by CNN. A 23-year-old man said to be her roommate fled the scene, but cops caught up with him as he got off a train about 65 miles away.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder and will likely soon be charged in her death, reports the Washington Post. Donee Odegard, Papenheim's mom, tells the Star Tribune that police and Papenheim's boyfriend told her the roommate had been getting "more and more angry" recently, and she says she'd advised her daughter to "get out of there." Even more tragic: Papenheim had been studying psychology, with a focus on suicide, after her 21-year-old brother killed himself three years ago. "My only two kids, and I've lost them both," Odegard says. Papenheim's family says it can't afford the $40,000 or so they estimate it will cost to bring her body back to the US, as well as for funeral and burial costs; a GoFundMe set up to help them defray those expenses had brought in more than $20,000 as of Friday morning. (A Maryland woman was stabbed to death while helping a panhandler.)

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