Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student who was detained in North Korea 17 months ago and returned in a coma, was laid to rest Thursday, after passing away on Monday.
His funeral was held at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio. The funeral was open to the public, but the facility only held about 2,100 people, so many others waited outside during the hour-long service, as they came to pay their last respects.
While in North Korea with a tour group, Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda banner at a hotel and sentenced to 15 months of hard labor. Just one week before he was finally returned to the U.S., his family learned he had actually been in a coma since the day after his sentencing.
Warmbier was returned with severe brain damage, and died just six days after his return to the U.S. His parents have praised the Trump administration for finally securing his release.
Below are videos from his funeral Thursday morning.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) made remarks to the media at the funeral:
Crowds lined up outside the Wyoming High School, with many respectfully waiting outside after there was no more room inside.
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