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November 13, 2013

Ohio boy who came home for early Christmas dies

TOLEDO, Ohio — A boy whose last wish was to be home for his favorite holiday has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a Christmas tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus.

Doctors had told the family of 13-year-old Devin Kohlman that he didn’t have long to live so residents in the city of Port Clinton along Lake Erie spent the past few weeks giving him an early Christmas.

They sang carols outside the family’s apartment, piled tons of shaved ice into drifting snow near his window and decorated a park with colorful strings of lights, reindeer cutouts and a red “Merry Christmas, Devin” sign.

Devin, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer of 2012, died Monday afternoon, his family said. Relatives and friends gathered for a vigil after his death while an early-season snow fell over the city.

“He had the gift of being able to see how much everyone loved him,” his mother, Alexis Kohlman, said Tuesday.

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