U.S. student Otto Warmbier dies after being released by North Korea in a coma

A long line of mourners waited to enter funeral services early Thursday, June 22 for Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student imprisoned in North Korea who returned home last week in a coma that proved fatal.

The services were being held in his home state of Ohio, with the funeral at his former high school and burial at a Cincinnati cemetery.

Sentenced to hard labor for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, the 22-year-old Warmbier was medically evacuated in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in captivity.

Suffering from severe brain damage, he died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital. President Donald Trump slammed Warmbier’s detention and eventual death as “a total disgrace.” (AFP)

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The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried

The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried from Wyoming High School after his funeral, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

Fred and Cindy Warmbier after the funeral

Fred and Cindy Warmbier watch as their son Otto, is placed in a hearse after his funeral, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

A display of Otto’s belongings

A display of Otto’s belongings he had with him while traveling abroad at the funeral service of Otto Warmbier at Wyoming High School June 22, 2017 in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: The Warmbier Family via Getty Images)

Mourners stand outside

Mourners stand outside the art center before a funeral service for Otto Warmbier, who died after his release from North Korea, at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, June 22, 2017. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

Mourners line the street

Mourners line the street after the funeral of Otto Warmbier, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

Mourners arrive

Mourners arrive for the funeral of Otto Warmbier, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

An expression of sympathy is seen

An expression of sympathy is shown on a restaurant’s billboard for the family of Otto Warmbier June 21, 2017 in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Signs on the front law

Signs on the front lawn of Lauren Wadds Wyoming, Ohio home proclaim, “#Justice For Otto” as the town of Wyoming prepares for the funeral of Otto Warmbier June 21, 2017 in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

A man brings balloons to the funeral site

A man brings balloons into Wyoming High School, site of tomorrow’s funeral for Otto Warmbier June 21, 2017 in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters

U.S. student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb. 29, 2016. Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, June 19, his family said. (Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

Doctors hold a news conference

Daniel Kanter, medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, center, speaks alongside Jordan Bonomo, a neurointensivist, left, and Brandon Foreman, a neurointensive care specialist, right, during a news conference regarding Otto Warmbier’s condition, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP).

Fred Warmbier speaks

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Supporters gather

Supporters gather at the Wyoming Civic Center after Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, spoke during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Fred Warmbier speaks

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

A person believed to be Otto Warmbier arrives in Ohio

A person believed to be Otto Warmbier is transferred from a medical transport airplane to an awaiting ambulance at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

Two people hug outside the transport plane

Two people hug outside the plane carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred from a transport aircraft to an ambulance at Lunken regional airport, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Local residents hold signs of support

Local residents hold signs of support to welcome home Otto Warmbier at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 13, 2017. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

Medical personnel and visitors gather at the transport plane

Medical personnel and visitors gather at the nose of a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred to an ambulance at Lunken regional airport, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Otto Warmbier is escorted into court

U.S. student Otto Warmbier is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2016. (Photo: Jon Chol Jin/AP)

Otto Warmbier is fingerprinted

U.S. student Otto Warmbier has his fingerprints taken at North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang on March 16, 2016. North Korea’s supreme court sentenced Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labor on for crimes against the state. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)

Otto Warmbier reacts at a news conference

U.S. student Otto Warmbier reacts at a news conference in Pyongyang, Feb. 29, 2016. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)

Otto Warmbier bows to reporters

U.S. student Otto Warmbier, right, bows as Warmbier is presented to the reporters on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

Propaganda slogan Otto Warmbier was detained for trying to steal

The item bearing a North Korean propaganda slogan which U.S. student Otto Warmbier was detained in January for trying to steal is seen in this still image taken from video released by North Korea’s official news agency KCNA on March 16, 2016. North Korea’s supreme court sentenced 21-year-old Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor on for crimes against the state. (Photo: KCNA via Reuters TV)

Blue-and-white awareness ribbons

Alison Lebrun, center background, helps tie blue-and-white awareness ribbons along Springfield Pike near the family home of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, in the Wyoming suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

The Warmbier family home

Exterior view of the Warmbier family home, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Wyoming, Ohio. (Photo: Gary Landers/AP)

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