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Minnesota musician stabbed to death while studying in the Netherlands

The 21-year-old from Andover was a college student overseas.

A woman from Minnesota was fatally stabbed while studying abroad. 

Sarah Papenheim, 21, of Andover, was stabbed to death by a man living in her housing unit in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday, according to a GoFundMe page in her name. 

According to the AD/Rotterham Dagblad, the suspected homicide happened during an argument with a 23-year-old man who was arrested after fleeing on a train to Eindhoven, a city located about 70 miles southeast of Rotterdam. 

Rotterdam police confirmed to KSTP that Papenheim was pronounced dead in her housing unit about a block from Erasmus University, where the fundraiser says she was a psychology student focused on mental health and suicide.

She lost her 21-year-old brother to suicide three years ago.

"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," Erasmus University said in a statement provided to BMTN.

"Our deepest condolences go out to all Sarah’s family and friends at this poignant time."

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The fundraiser will donate proceeds to Papenheim's family to help bring her back to Minnesota, which in addition to funeral costs is expected to cost around $40,000.

"Sarah was a beautiful, vibrant young woman and a talented musician with a smile that could light up a room," the fundraiser says. 

"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."

Papenheim's mother told the Star Tribune that her daughter was an excellent blues drummer, and she was scheduled to perform alongside Brian Naughton Band on Dec. 22 at Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis. 

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