North Korea denies torturing Ohio college student Otto Warmbier
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 14:42
WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - About 50 volunteers tied blue and white ribbons along a road leading from a high school to a cemetery in the hometown of a college student who was detained for almost a year and a half in North Korea and was returned home in a coma last week and died days later.
A Hamilton County Coroner has not yet determined Warmbier's cause of death.
Warmbier was buried Thursday in OH, less than a week after he was sent back home in a mysterious coma.
During his funeral at his Wyoming High School alma mater, loved ones will pay tribute to a son, a brother, a neighbor and a friend. The display included notebooks, Warmbier's passport and the jacket he wore during his public confession in North Korea.
"The world stage is secondary to the fact that they've lost their child", she said, "and I think we can all certainly appreciate that".
The exact cause of his death is unclear. "He did things because he wanted to do them".
Warmbier was jailed in North Korea for allegedly attempting to steal a political banner from Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang.
Warmbier's North Korean trip was only supposed to be a five-day tour.
U.S. doctors said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Rabbi Jake Rubin, who leads the Hillel at UVA and who called Warmbier "a beloved member of our Hillel community", would not confirm to JTA whether or not Warmbier was Jewish.
"He just lived life with such a zest and a passion that I haven't really ever experienced in somebody before", Warmbier's childhood friend Chris Colloton told the Cincinnati Inquirer newspaper.
"It didn't happen to me", Bae said. Let us hope Trump puts aside his tendency to respond emotionally and personally to any challenge and formulates a strong response to Warmbier's death without a military confrontation.
He handles North Korean issues for the Department of State and met with North Korean officials in Norway and NY about Warmbier's release.
In addition to the external exam, the coroner's office reviewed his medical records from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and AeroMed Management Group, the air ambulance service that helped evacuate him from Pyongyang, North Korea, where he had been detained. Hunziker was detained in North Korea for months in 1996 for illegally crossing the border and committed suicide less than a month after he returned to the United States later that year.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis reinforced the message, calling the dialogue "open and frank", and insisting, "China continues to work these issues". "To see a young man go over there healthy and, [after] a minor act of mischief, come home dead basically ... this goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility toward any human being", he said.