According to WashingtonPost, American college student Otto Warmbier, died on Monday, his family announced, who was just released fromNorth Korea last week after being detained in DPRK for nearly 18 months.
The Response from American
On Monday, after less than a week after returning to the United States with severe brain damage, his family announced Warmbier had “completed his journey home.” The 22-year-old died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family at his side. In fact, Warmbier was in coma when he was released from North Korea.
“It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds,” his family said. “But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person.” His family, they thank for the various parties’ help, while strongly condemn DPRK “abuse” their son at the same time.
American President Trump afterwards issued the statement, expressed the deep sympathy to Warmbier’s family, and condemned the DPRK’s regime with “brutality”. According to the statement, Warmbier death further strengthened the US Government’s determination to prevent such tragedies from occurring like this case.
How This Tragedy Happened
The 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, from Cincinnati, Ohio, the United States, was studying at the University of Virginia before he was detect in DPRK, North Korea. After Trump administration succeeded for bringing him home, Warmbier was in coma with nearly a year, in fact. His family believes that he was tortured into a coma.
In the spring of 2016, Warmbier signed up for a trip to North Korea with the Young Pioneer Tours travel group, a company that takes participants to places they wouldn’t normally go. Soon Warmbier was detained because he had sneaked onto a restricted floor of his hotel and had stolen a political poster according to North Korea, no one has known the truth or the real reason yet. The next time the world saw Warmbier, when he was distraught, breaking down in front of Korean journalists in a video released by North Korea in February of 2016. And then he was reported fell in coma.
For his alleged crime, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. In the end, he spent 17 months in North Korea before being released.
The poor American student only intended to spend five days sightseeing in North Korea in 2016. Instead, he spent 17 months there in detention until he was released at the end he died for unknown reason: doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said his condition was severe, and that he suffered extensive loss of tissue in all regions of his brain.
“When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13 he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished,” the family’s statement said.
“Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.”