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UVA Mourns Death of Student Otto Warmbier

UVA Mourns Death of Student Otto Warmbier

“a warm, engaging, brilliant young man”

Warmbier was a student at UVA when he was taken prisoner in North Korea. Now that he has passed away, the school is remembering him.

From UVA Today:

University Mourns Death of Student Otto Warmbier

A University of Virginia student detained by the government of North Korea for more than a year has died, only days after being returned to his home, according to his family.

Otto Warmbier, who was medically evacuated from North Korea to his Ohio home last week, had been in a coma.

“It is with great sadness that we learned of Otto’s passing this afternoon,” University President Teresa A. Sullivan said Monday. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family and friends during what has been an incredibly difficult time. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.”

In a statement Monday afternoon announcing their son’s death, Fred and Cindy Warmbier said they and their son were at peace.

“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,” the Warmbier family said in the statement. “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.”


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