By ALEJANDRO GRANDA
After returning from North Korea in a comatose stte, 22-year-old Otto Warmbier died Monday.
“Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.,” said his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier.
Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said he had extensive brain damage that has lasted longer than year and that he was in a state unresponsive wakefulness and wasn’t aware of his surroundings.
The family did not mention the cause of death.
Warmbier was arrested in Pyongyang in January 2016 while on a tourist trip to North Korea and was charged with committing a hostile act against the government. He had tried to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel hallway wall. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
It is ludicrous that North Korea arrests, then tortures someone so harshly just for stealing a poster.
NBC News has done a great job reporting what has happened along with background information to support their report.