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His last wish granted, Ohio boy dies

A crowd sang carols outside Devin Kohlman’s apartment in Port Clinton, Ohio, after the 13-year-old returned home.

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A crowd sang carols outside Devin Kohlman’s apartment in Port Clinton, Ohio, after the 13-year-old returned home.

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 did not 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.

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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 and a ‘‘Merry Christmas, Devin’’ sign.

Devin, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in summer 2012, died Monday afternoon, said a family friend.

Family and friends gathered for a vigil after his death while an early-season snow fell over the city.

Devin was flown from Cincinnati, where he was being treated, to Port Clinton on Oct. 27 so that he could spend his final days at home. Residents filled the city’s main street late at night as Devin was driven home with a police escort.

Although he could not go outside, he could see from a window how the community was helping his last wish come true.

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