Former North Korea Detainee, Otto Warmbier to be laid to rest

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WYOMING, OH. (WTVQ) – An Ohio college student who died after being detained in north korea will be laid to rest Thursday.

The University of Virginia Student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner during a trip to North Korea.

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Warmbier was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

The 22-year-old was detained for nearly a year and a half before being sent home in a coma.

He died less than a week after his return.

His former soccer coach spoke Wednesday about Warmbier’s generous spirit.

“He would usually make sure that the other person got the credit for something good that happened on the field,” said Steve Thomas. “I think he was truly one of the most nicest, most compassionate people I have known for a long time.”

Volunteers spent Wednesday morning tying blue and white ribbons along the road from the high school to the cemetery where he will be buried.

A U.S. diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure Warmbier’s release plans to attend his funeral Thursday.