Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea

His language was echoed by South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who said in an interview ahead of a White House visit next week that North Korea bears responsibility for the student's death.

The heartbreaking video was screened at the end of Warmbier's funeral in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday, running silently and in slow motion. A bagpiper played as the casket was carried to a hearse, and mourners lined the street. Warmbier's family objected to an autopsy, so the Hamilton County coroner's office conducted only an external examination of his body and is still trying to determine his cause of death.

Portman told the throng of reporters outside that North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, who died Monday.

At least 17 Americans have been detained in North Korea over the past 10 years, despite a State Department warning against travel to the country.

"He would always have some unbelievable story to share with us", Warmbier's fraternity brother said at the funeral of listening to his friend's tales of travel adventure.

North Korea's high court had sentenced Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, to 15 years in prison with hard labor after he allegedly tried to steal a political poster.

US Senator John McCain, a top figure in the ruling Republican Party, accused North Korea of murder.

A long line of mourners waited to enter funeral services early today for Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student imprisoned in North Korea who returned home last week in a coma that proved fatal.

Ohio's Republican senator calls Otto Warmbier "an unbelievable young man" who shouldn't have been detained.

Hundreds of people lined up for the service in OH, which was open to the public but closed to the press, according to ABC. It was closed to the news media.

"He was my soul mate on so many levels and I truly believe that he helped me become a better human being, the person that I am today", Alex Vagonis told a group of students Tuesday at the University of Virginia, from where Warmbier would have graduated this year.

The life of a 22-year-old college student who died this week after being detained for almost a year and a half in North Korea will be celebrated in an OH hometown still stunned by his loss.

The 800-capacity auditorium at Warmbier's high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was packed, as were overflow rooms set up to accommodate additional attendees.

His former football coach, Steve Thomas, said Warmbier came from a religious family and was involved in mission trips and a birthright trip to Israel.

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