A 21-year-old American college student, Sarah Papenheim, [photo], studying in the Netherlands was found dead in a pool of blood after allegedly being stabbed by her roommate, according to local reports.
Minnesotan Sarah Papenheim, who was studying psychology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, was brutally attacked in her apartment about a block from the campus Wednesday afternoon, CBS Minnesota reported.
“They found her in a bath of blood, stabbed to death and beat up and stabbed for no reason, but trying to be his friend,” Papenheim’s mother, Donee Odegard, told FOX 9.
Suspect Joel Schelling was arrested on Wednesday [on his knees] at the Eindhoven Railway Station on Thursday shortly after the body of Sarah Papenheim was discovered in her dorm room
The murder suspect, whom authorities describe as her roommate, took off after the slaying, but cops captured him getting off a train in Eindhoven, about 60 miles southeast of Rotterdam.
Papenheim who is from Minnesota, was found covered in blood and announced dead on the scene in her Rotterdam dorm room by emergency workers, who responded to her residence after hearing loud noises and arguing coming from the young woman’s room.
The suspect and victim were both residents of De Snor, a building that largely housed students studying at Erasmus University.
Papenheim, who had been studying in Rotterdam since 2016, occupied a studio apartment on the third floor of the building.
Psychology major Sarah was a talented drummer, who had played in a few bands
The motive remains unclear at this time, and is another devastating blow for the young woman’s family.
She had traveled to Europe to pursue her studies in psychology, and later took up a minor in suicide when her brother took his own life just days after their mother remarried.
Donee Odegard recalled that her daughter often complained about her roommate’s temper, and that he had lots of mood swings, FOX 9 reported. Odegard advised Papenheim to get out, but her daughter refused, saying she was his “only friend.”
Sarah Papenheim with her mother and her brother Josh. Donee Odegard, said her daughter tried to help those with mental problems in the wake of her brother’s suicide
Papenheim’s brother died of suicide just three years ago, and she’d decided to focus her studies on suicide in her brother’s memory, her mom told the outlet.
“I’ve been through this before,” Donee Odegard said regarding her daughter’s untimely death.
“I’ve cried so much, my ducts are dry. I am in the angry stage now.”
The suspect Joel Schelling was arrested on Wednesday at the Eindhoven Railway Station on Thursday shortly after the body of Sarah Papenheim was discovered in her dorm room.
A fellow musician photographed the moment that police surrounded Schelling at the station and ordered the platform to be cleared so that authorities could examine the young man’s double bass case.
Sarah Papenheim, a 21-year-old American college student studying in Rotterdam, Netherlands [photo], was pronounced dead on the scene after being stabbed by roommate on Wednesday