Otto Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year. He died less than a week after his release back to the U.S.

WYOMING, Ohio — Blue and white ribbons, tied around trees throughout Wyoming last week as a sign of support for Otto Warmbier and his family, now flutter in remembrance.

Warmbier, a 2013 Wyoming High School graduate who was imprisoned in North Korea for a year and a half before being released and returned home in a coma just six days ago, has died.

It came as a shock to Councilwoman Jenni McCauley, who had continued to pray for Warmbier and his family. She spoke on behalf of the city of Wyoming when she heard of Warmbier’s passing:

“The city of Wyoming, City Council, the city manager and staff have been deeply saddened by Otto Warmbier’s condition when he was returned from North Korea and his death today. Now that he is at peace, our hearts go out to his family once again, during this tragic time.

“This has been every parent’s nightmare.

“We salute the entire Warmbier family, who has faced this unbelievable ordeal with the utmost grace and dignity. We will continue to respect their wishes and do all we can for the family.”

Wyoming City Schools Communications Director Suzy Henke issued a statement:

“Wyoming City Schools is deeply saddened by the loss of Otto Warmbier. The countless contributions he made to his school and community through his leadership, actions, and limitless enthusiasm will be felt far into the future.”

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