Otto Warmbier’s funeral drew over 2,500 people to the arts center of Wyoming High School, Warmbier’s alma mater, in suburban Cincinnati. Mourners hoping to get a seat inside began lining up close to an hour before the funeral.
The service, which was officiated by a rabbi and closed to the news media, lasted about an hour. Warmbier’s brother and sister, as well as a few friends, were expected to give remarks.
Hundreds of people lined the route between the arts center and the cemetery, and a bagpipe player marched in front of the hearse carrying Warmbier’s casket.
A program for the funeral displayed a quote from Warmbier’s 2013 salutatorian speech at Wyoming High School: “This is our season finale. This is the end of one great show, but just the beginning to hundreds of new spinoffs.”