US student stabbed to death by male roommate 'with a bad temper' while studying in the Netherlands

A Dutch man was arrested nearly an hour after the victim's body was found. Authorities believe that the two were acquaintances but have not revealed the identity of the suspect.


                            US student stabbed to death by male roommate 'with a bad temper' while studying in the Netherlands

The distraught Minnesotan family of a college student who was stabbed to death in her apartment in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is trying to get her body back to the US.

Twenty one-year-old Sarah Papenheim was allegedly stabbed to death on Wednesday by a 23-year-old man living in the same building as her. The victim was reportedly studying at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, police told ABC Eyewitness News.

Police officials said that the suspect, a Dutch man, was arrested nearly an hour after the victim's body was found. Authorities believe that the two were acquaintances but have not revealed the identity of the suspect.

Papenheim's family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to gather funds to bring her body back to the United States from the Netherlands. The description stated that the person who stabbed the 21-year-old was her roommate. Officials have not established any motive so far.



 

Papenheim's mother, Donee Odegard, also spoke about the incident and said that the alleged perpetrator was her daughter's roommate. She also added that her daughter frequently used to complain about her roommate having a bad temper. The mother had reportedly asked Papenheim to move out, however, the college student would say that she was "his only friend."

Odegard added that her daughter was found in a pool of blood, "beat up and stabbed to death for no reason, but trying to be his friend," according to ABC Eyewitness News. "She'd walk right up to you like you were friends forever."

The 21-year-old was reportedly studying psychology with an emphasis in suicide, "which took her 21-year-old brother's life three years ago." Papenheim lost her brother Josh in 2015. 

"I've been through this before. I've cried so much my ducts are dry. I am in the angry stage now," Odegard told Fox9. 



 

The family reportedly said that they are trying to raise at least $40,000 to help cover the travel costs to bring Papenheim home. Odegard hasn't seen her daughter's body yet and she will reportedly be flying to Rotterdam on Friday.

"Sarah was a beautiful, vibrant young woman and a talented musician with a smile that could light up a room,' the GoFundMe read. "She played with some of the best musicians on the scene in the Twin Cities and had many close relationships with them. Her presence is irreplaceable. We love you, drummer girl."

A State Department spokesperson confirmed Papenheim's death and extended the department's "deepest condolences to her family and friends. 

"We are providing all appropriate consular services," the spokesperson said. 

Erasmus University also released a statement about the incident, saying: "The university is shocked by this terrible incident and is taking care of upset students and employees and will act towards relatives according to our protocols.  We encourage our students and staff not to let each other alone in this difficult time and to get in touch with student-advisors and psychologists if they want to."