WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. college student who was held by North Korea (all times local):
Otto Warmbier’s college girlfriend says he was her soul mate who helped her “become a better human being.”
Alex Vagonis spoke about him at a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening on the University of Virginia campus that was attended by other students and university faculty.
She was the Ohio youth’s girlfriend at the time of his detention in North Korea that began in January 2015.
She said he knew everyone on campus and had an “insane tie collection.”
She finds some peace knowing he made it back to Ohio before he died Monday.
The Ohio hometown of the 22-year-old college student detained for nearly a year and a half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma is making plans for his funeral.
Wyoming officials say the celebration of life for Otto Warmbier will be Thursday morning in the Wyoming High School auditorium. While the service is open to the public, news media will be kept outside the school and outside the cemetery afterward in designated areas. The family plans to release photos afterward.
The Hamilton County coroner is still trying to determine the manner and cause of his death Monday, less than a week after his return.
The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting and was convicted of subversion.