Mourners remember United States student held prisoner by North Korea

Otto Warmbier died at the age of 22 in a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after the North Korean government sent him home in a coma and suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the USA doctors who treated him.Warmbier returned to the Cincinnati area last week in a coma.The funeral will be held at 9 Wyoming High School, where Warmbier was an athlete and salutatorian of his 2013 class. Warmbier will be buried later in the day at a local cemetery.Blue and white ribbons, the colors of the high school, were still tied to trees in the city of about 8,000 to show of support for Warmbier’s family after Otto’s recent return.President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Warmbier’s death after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a “total disgrace” and that if the college student had been returned home to the US earlier, “I think the result would have been a lot different”.”Every life is very important, Otto Warmbier’s life is very important, (so are) all the detainees and 24 million people living under such a awful state right now”, he said. “I would like to do this.’ So, we agreed to let him do that”, Fred Warmbier said.”They lure Americans, and then they take them hostage and then they do things to them, and that’s what happened to my son”, he added.Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean labor camp for “hostile acts against the DPRK”, was released just over a year into his sentence.North Korean officials told USA envoys Warmbier contracted botulism, a severe form of food poisoning, after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.The 22-year-old was medically evacuated to the United States last week with severe brain damage.But they cast doubt on North Korea’s assertion he fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office in Warmbier’s home state of OH said it will rely on an external examination of the 22-year-old’s body and medical records to determine the cause of death.”I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea”.Warmbier died on June 19 at just 22-year-old.Warmbier’s friends and family are laying him to rest in Cincinnati on Thursday.”Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died at 2:20pm”, Warmbier’s parents said in a statement Monday, according to an Ohio-based paper.”While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out”.Mr Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion.