Otto Frederick Warmbier was an American student imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months after being convicted of "hostile acts" against the country. A student of University of Virginia, he visited the North Korea via China with a group of ten other U.S. citizens.
Born on December 12, 1994, to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, Otto hailed from Cincinnati, Ohio. A student of the University of Virginia, Otto during his trip to China in 2015 decided to visit North Korea. At North Korea he stayed at Yanggakdo International Hotel alongwith his friends. Unfortunately, Otto Warmbier was arrested for prior to departing North Korea from Pyongyang International Airport. He was tried and convicted for the theft of the propaganda banner from a restricted area of the hotel. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March. The United States government made every attempt to seek his release. Following a series of diplomatic contacts with Washington, Pyongyang released Warmbier on humanitarian ground. He was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to the US. Physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center pointed at extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier’s brain. He suffered injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Diagnosed with "severe neurological injury and unable to recover, Otto Warmbier died in Cincinnati hospital, surrounded by his near and dear ones. He was 22. “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2.20pm,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier wrote in a statement on Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae and many others condoled the death of this young US student.
Parents: Fred Warmbier, Cindy Warmbier
(FOLLOWER OF Mr. OTTO FREDERICK WARMBIER)
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