Update: June 19: Otto Warmbier died at 2:20 p.m. EST, a victim of a vile terror nation with no regard for human life.
There was no sign of botulism, which was the claim by North Korea. Mr. Warmbier had lost a tremendous amount of brain matter, perhaps from a coronary. There will be an autopsy.
At least he died at home with his family but he was murdered.
At the age of 22, the University of Virginia student lost his life for allegedly stealing a poster. The statement from the family:
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.
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. 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.
We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.
When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. 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.
We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.
Fred & Cindy Warmbier and Family
Mr. Warmbier at his high school graduation:
Original Story 6/15/17, 11:43 a.m.
Otto Warmbier’s father said his son endured terror and brutalization by the North Koreans and he doesn’t believe a word they say. When asked about how his son is doing, he said “we’re trying to make him comfortable”. He described his son as a kind, sweet, very intelligent man.
Mr. Warmbier thanked President Trump. When asked if he thought the prior administration could have done more, he said, the “results speak for themselves”.
The fact is Barack Obama didn’t do much for the U.S. captives. The former president did okay one rescue but waited so long to allow it, it was too late and the hostages had been moved.
What Obama cared about was protecting his political butt and transforming the U.S. domestically into a leftist State.