Family of 21-year-old killed in Netherlands receives outpouring of support

December 14, 2018 06:15 PM

Help is pouring in for the family of a 21-year-old musician killed in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Sarah Papenheim was taking classes at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She was found stabbed to death in her apartment not far from the school.


Her 23-year-old roommate was arrested. Prosecutors tweeted on Friday that he went before a judge and will spend at least the next 14 days behind bars.

RELATED: Arraignment set for suspect in case of Minnesotan fatally stabbed in Netherlands

“She was just a joy to be around,” said Joyann Parker, a friend. “She just had this spark in her, you immediately loved her when you met her.”

Parker met the young drummer at Shaw’s in Northeast Minneapolis, where they both took the stage on Monday nights and shared a love for the blues.

Her death has been a shock to the music community.

Papenheim's parents now have to bring their daughter home, which is expected to cost more than $15,000.

RELATED: Minnesotan fatally stabbed while studying in the Netherlands

“I didn't want them to have to worry about any of that while they're dealing with this terrible tragedy,” said Parker.

She set up a GoFundMe account on Thursday, and within hours donations started pouring in. Many were from the blues musicians who knew Papenheim best.

Within 24 hours, it reached $35,000.

“To get this much from everybody is just amazing,” said Parker. “The fact that people want to help is really encouraging to the family as well. I know her mom really wants to say thank you when the time is right.”

There are also two other pages, one 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was told was created by her cousin and another by her online gaming community, which is planning a remembrance ceremony in Rotterdam.

RELATED: Minneapolis music community remembers 21-year-old drummer killed in the Netherlands

Papenheim had planned a visit home next week. She was scheduled to play with the Brian Naughton Band at Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis on Dec. 22. The band now plans to hold an informal fundraiser in her honor.

A larger benefit is being planned for January.

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