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North Korea tortured & killed a young American over a poster

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To The Daily Sun,

Monday night as I sat on my couch, I read tragic news about the death of a young man named Otto Warmbier. I cannot imagine the anguish and pain his family and friends are feeling right now. He was an American student who was imprisoned by the regime in North Korea in February 2016 and convicted for "hostile acts" against the country. He was a 21-year-old young man on a tour and he supposedly stole a political propaganda poster ... and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. This past week he was released to his family, after 18 months, with severe head trauma! North Korea claims it was a result of botulism and sleeping pills. Are any of you buying this?

He was tortured, terrorized, and brutalized. That's how he died! North Korea killed this young man over a poster. As a mom it breaks my heart to look at the pictures of him online — happy, smiling, full of life, and alive. I cannot think without shedding tears of what hell he went through while in captivity. He died on June 19, 2017, at the age of 22. He was not a spy. He was a young man who made a mistake. He tried to say he was sorry to a room full of deaf ears. He begged and pleaded and no one cared. His family had him only for a few precious days and then he passed — finally at peace, I pray. He never woke to see his mother's face or feel his father's touch.

And who is the leader of this place, Kim Jong Un? And what does our president say about this leader: “He is a smart cookie,” he “would be honored to meet him,” and he stated, “Not many 27-year-old men could go in and take over a regime.”This “smart cookie” thinks Dennis Rodman is a genius. He also ordered the execution of his uncle and is believed to have ordered the assassination of his brother. I guess now he lives in fear of assassination by a “Western decapitation team." Well, a girl can hope right?

I hope our president does more than just say he and his wife are sorry for this young man's death. I want to see if he can put his money where his mouth is. Otto deserves justice, not pretty words.

Denise C. Burke

Gilford