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Family: Freed student who died has 'completed his journey'

Family: Freed student who died has 'completed his journey'

His funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m.at Wyoming High School at 106 Pendery Avenue, Cincinnati, OH.

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump told reporters in the White House, where he was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Proshenko.

An American student at the University of Virginia, #Otto Warmbier, detained by the North Korean authorities and imprisoned for 17 months, died in a hospital in Cincinnati on June 19, a few days after he returned to the United States. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".

A public funeral service for a US student who was detained in North Korea and eventually released in a coma has been scheduled for Thursday at his hometown high school in Ohio.

Mr. Warmbier was detained at the Pyongyang airport in early January 2016, charged with a "hostile act" against the country's authoritarian government and convicted less than two months later of trying to steal a propaganda poster, after he delivered a tearful, televised confession.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati says all who wish to join his family in a celebration of life are "cordially invited". He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at a highly rated high school and was on the soccer team.

"The treatment of Otto Warmbier is beyond the pale of North Korea's usual standards", said John Delury, an Asia expert at Seoul's Yonsei University. In February 2015, Kim wrote in a fundraising post on the website of a Korean-Brazilian church that he was a Christian missionary devoted to helping North Korea's people learn to be self-sufficient. John McCain said that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the US government of any blame if they're harmed while there.

"I would have that first because if people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare", McCain said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who worked to get Warmbier released, called for the release of other American prisoners.

Warmbier's death is expected to exacerbate further the tense relations between Kim Jong-un's regime and the United States. Fred Warmbier, the student's father, has said he does not believe this account. Justin Weber told The Associated Press that a news conference is expected later to provide more information.

The family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treating him, but said: 'Unfortunately, the bad 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'.

Otto Warmbier was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors said that two M.R.I. scans sent by the North Koreans indicated that Mr. Warmbier had sustained a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction, most likely before April 2016. The North Korean government has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile capable of hitting the US mainland. Uri Tours and Koryo Tours, two other travel companies also based out of China that organise tours to North Korea, say they are reviewing their position on the matter.

Others believe it is unlikely that North Korea intentionally harmed Warmbier because he was valuable as a political pawn.

"The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", officials with Young Pioneer Tours said Monday.

The company that organized the trip that took USA student Otto Warmbier to North Korea announced Monday that they would no longer take Americans to the Hermit Kingdom after the 22-year-old died, days after he was released back to his home country.

Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday.

The Warmbiers added that they are "at peace" and "at home". He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.