U.S. citizen Otto Warmbier, 22, was recently released by North Korea after spending over a year in one of their horrific prisons.
When Warmbier returned, he was physically damaged, unable to speak, and a shell of his former self.
Sadly, Warmbier passed away around 2:20 pm on Monday.
See below, the Warmbier family’s official statement:
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 2:20pm.
It would easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost – future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, and brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched – Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two – that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.
BREAKING: 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, U.S. student released from North Korea last week, has passed away, his family says. pic.twitter.com/wnG5QKFKAz
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
We must pray for the Warmbier family as they are no doubt struggling with the loss of their son.
North Korea must pay for what they did to Warmbier. He did absolutely nothing wrong and was beaten senseless until it robbed him of his humanity. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and the onus is on President Donald Trump to make the North Koreans pay for this.
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