SF Grad Student Slain On Cruise Vacation

By Jessica Greene
|  Monday, Jan 25, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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SF Grad Student Slain On Cruise Vacation

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Nina Nilssen was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon after a wedding party in the Caribbean. It happened on the island of Antigua.

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A Bay Area musician who just celebrated her sister's wedding is now the focus of an international murder investigation.

Nina Nilssen was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon after a wedding party in the Caribbean. It happened on the island of Antigua.

The 29-year-old woman reportedly strayed away from the celebration on Pigeon's Point Beach. Her body was found, face up with a single stab wound to her neck,  Everton Jeffers, an inspector with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, told the Chronicle.

Nilssen was on the fourth day of a seven-day cruise aboard the Royal Clipper. Police in Antigua are questioning a local man in connection with the killing.

Nilssen's sister, who works at the San Francisco American Conservatory Theater, and the rest of the Nillsen family are waiting in Antigua to bring Nina's body home.

Traveling was nothing new for Nillsen. The adventure seeker had made trips to South America, Central America and Mexico. News of her murder comes as a sad surprise for her friends, who say Nilssen had done much riskier things in the past.

"She had traveled the world by herself and done all sorts of stuff that would seem more dangerous," childhood friend Iris Weiss told the Chronicle. "And here she was killed in a tourist trap with her family nearby."
 

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