Ohio boy who came home for early Christmas dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — 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.

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.

While he couldn't go outside, he could see from a window how the community was helping his last wish come true.