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2,000 at service for student caged by North Koreans

By Dake Kang

Mourners have gathered for the funeral of a US college student who was detained in North Korea for more than a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma.

Some 2,000 people filled an auditorium, cafeteria and gym at a school in Otto Warmbier's home town of Wyoming, Ohio, for the service.

"It doesn't really feel real yet. He's so young, and he's been gone for so long," said Grady Beerck (22), a former football team-mate. "The impact he made is always going to last."

Mr Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion.

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