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Statement for Vigil Honoring Otto Warmbier

Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

 I deeply regret that I am unable to be with you for tonight's vigil due to previously planned travel. Please know that I will pause at this hour to join in your spirit of grief and remembrance as you gather to honor the memory of Otto Warmbier. All of us in the University community are profoundly saddened by his death, and we are outraged by the circumstances that led to it. We condemn the horrendous treatment that certainly contributed to Otto's condition in North Korea.  Even as we denounce these evil acts, we continue to hope and believe that the forces of love and goodness will overcome evil in the end. And even as we grieve, we fondly remember and celebrate Otto's joyful attitude, sharp intellect, and adventurous spirit. We will remember Otto's finest qualities long after today. We will continue to hold the Warmbier family in our thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead, and I encourage you to rely on one another for solace and support.

Teresa Sullivan