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Mid-Michigan teen dies after battle with brain cancer

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ESSEXVILLE, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan community is grieving after a young member died of brain cancer.

On July 17 they held a vigil for Connor Bint. He died two days later.

"You know, you don't expect your grandchildren to go before you," said Deborah Doan, Connor's grandmother.

Connor's grandmother fought back tears and friends read prayers at the vigil.

They were joined by more than 100 loved ones. Connor was a popular student and basketball player at Garber High School in Essexville.

"He's an amazing person and he and his family deserve [the vigil]," said Emily Walther, friend.

Some even wore T-shirts with Connor's last name and basketball number on the back, honoring the 15-year-old as he neared the end of his brave fight with brain cancer.

"They're giving him anywhere's from a few hours to 48 max, and um, it's hard," Doan said.

Connor was first diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2014. He and his family moved to Detroit for his treatments, but last week doctors said there's nothing more they can do for him.

"He is such an inspiration to all of us here in Essexville and in Bay City," said Katherine Bothe, friend.

Bothe organized the vigil. She said she wanted to give his loved ones a support group to cope.

"This is just to celebrate him, for people to have closure who can't go down and see him and have closure," she said.

Connor's grandmother said while his illness is tragic he would welcome all the attention.

"Connor always wanted to be famous. I think he's pretty much accomplished that," Doan said.

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