Governor, senator mourn death of freed student

"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home", his family said in a statement.

The comatose college student who was released from a North Korean prison last week died Monday afternoon, his family said.

He was a college student who, if he was not taken prisoner and life had gone to plan, would now be in his first month as a new graduate of the University of Virginia. He was sentenced to 15-years of hard labor for the alleged anti-state acts.

Warmbier was convicted of subversion for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group.

Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told USA Today in January of 2016 that the North Koreans usually release hostages when it "feels that the hostage is of no more use, they've milked it".

Doctors said Warmbier has severe brain damage and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". USA doctors said they found no evidence of active botulism, a rare, serious illness caused by contaminated food or a dirty wound.

While no doubt grieving the loss of their son, Otto's parents said they detected a positive change in his mostly non-responsive state over the past week, saying "he was at home and we believe he could sense that".

The U.S. State Department warns against travel to North Korea.

Three Americans remain in custody.

The elder Warmbier, who owns a metal parts-finishing company, praised his son's "performance" at the North Korea confession and paid homage by wearing the same light-colored sport jacket his son did that day. He was a top student at Wyoming High School and was described as a skilled soccer player. The next day, Warmbier was flown to a USA base in Japan before making the longer journey to OH to be reunited with his family.

There's little chance Otto Warmbier will recover from his injuries just as there is little chance anyone outside of the North Korean government will ever know what awful things happened to him.

U.S. President Donald Trump offered condolences to the Warmbier family and denounced North Korea as a "brutal regime" with no respect for "basic human decency" and said Warmbier faced tough conditions. So, in format terms, the United States and North Korea are at war, with their political relations staying strained.

On his return to the U.S. last week, doctors said the 22-year-old former student was in a "vegetative state".

"The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim", a White House statement said.

While in North Korea, Rodman was shown in video and photos presenting the isolated country's sports minister Kim Il Guk with off-the-wall gifts that included a copy of Trump's book "The Art of the Deal", soap, two autographed jerseys and a copy of "Where's Waldo?".

Then, last week, news broke that the man was being evacuated from North Korea for humanitarian reasons.

He was very proud of his son, he said, and would soon be back by his bedside with wife Cindy.

Yun met with the North Korean ambassador to the NY on June 6 and was told of Warmbier's medical status.

Yun boarded a private aircraft along with two doctors and arrived last Monday in Pyongyang, where they were met by North Korean officials and saw Warmbier in a hospital.

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