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Mid-Michigan teenager remembered by friends as courageous

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A mid-Michigan teenager who died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer was remembered by fellow students on Friday.

Katherine Bothe organized a candlelight vigil to remember Conner Bint.

"I really hope he seen it,” Bothe said. “So he'd know how much I loved him because I didn’t get to tell him".

Just two days after the vigil, Bothe got the news that Bint had died at 15.

"He was one of those people you could talk to if you needed to talk,” Bothe said. “Give you a fist bump. His signature thing."

Bint was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, as a freshman at Essexville-Garber High School.

The courage and strength he showed while battling the disease has inspired many, including fellow students at Emily Walker.

"All of us have something that we go through,” Walker said. “He never let it bring him down. I love him so much"

While Bint and his family eventually moved to be closer to the hospital in Detroit where he was being treated, his friends never forget about him and say they never will.

"He's always going to be with me,” Walker said. “Such an inspiration my hero. Now he's my guardian angel."

In the midst of their loss these teens are reminded of what Bint taught them. Bothe said he showed others how to live.

"Be courageous and never give up,” Bothe said. “Help others even if you have brain cancer live your life like you don't."

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