Cowboy-style memorial for teen diagnosed with West Nile

Family, friends honor Elgin teen, Cody Hopkins

AUSTIN,TX - If a memorial to a person's death is any reflection of their life, Cody Hopkin's service Sunday showed that he was fun, respectful and loved. It also showed that he knew how to ride a 2,000-pound animal.

Hopkins died at Dell Children's Medical Center last Sunday after being diagnosed with West Nile Encephalitis. 

His memorial Sunday was held at the Circleville General Store in Taylor. Out back the store owners built a full Texas-style rodeo and stage, packed with family and friends of Cody.

"This is in the memory of Cody. He loved bull-riding. He loved rodeo ... It was basically for Cody's last ride," said Cody's grandfather John Hopkins.

The funds raised during the event and silent auction will help pay for the families medical costs and to fund research for West Nile. 

After multiple riders took their turn on the animals, Cody's father Greg sprinkled his cremated ashes on the last bull.

" I was excited, just total excitement," Cody's uncle Clint Hopkins said. "Knowing that Cody rode his last bull and stuck it all over him ... to see all the cowboy hats flying at the end and to know ... he's flying high in heaven."

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