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Mourners in OH remember U.S. student held prisoner by North Korea

Mourners in OH remember U.S. student held prisoner by North Korea

Some 2,500 mourners lined up early on Thursday morning at Wyoming High School, in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

Mr Warmbier was scheduled to graduate this year from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

Thousands of family members, friends and supporters of Otto Warmbier have gathered in Cincinnati to say goodbye to the American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea. "He's so young, and he's been gone for so long". "The impact he made is always going to last with people".

No media were allowed inside the Wyoming high school gym, but Warmbier's parents released some photos. The service took place in the arts center, which could hold only 800 people, so many more watched on screens set up in overflow rooms. His parents released a statement that said his death was the inevitable result of "the terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans".

Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

The bill, introduced late last month by Representatives Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, and Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, would ban tourist travel to North Korea and require a license from the Treasury Department for any other travel to North Korea.

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The KCNA news agency said the North dealt with him according to its domestic laws and worldwide standards. Warmbier's doctors said he suffered extensive brain damage.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to an American college student who was detained there for over a year and died after being returned home to OH in a coma. North Korea's cruel treatment of Warmbier must be condemned by all nations. "They've shown through their treatment of Otto a disregard for basic human rights, for human dignity".

South Korea said the women defected on their own, while North Korea claimed they were deceived and abducted to the South.

The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried to the hearse followed by his family and friends after a funeral service for Warmbier at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio.

The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency was Pyongyang's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a USA hospital on Monday after North Korea released him for what it said was humanitarian reasons. His mother is Jewish, but the family is not observant, according to Bergman.


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