Memorial bull riding for Elgin teen who died of West Nile

Nearly a year after Elgin native Cody Hopkins died from the West Nile virus, his family is remembering him with a rodeo celebration.

AUSTIN - Just one week after 13-year-old Cody Hopkins died from West Nile Encephalitis last October, his friends and family were out at the Circleville Store and Rodeo in Taylor to honor his memory.

The teen had dreams of being a professional bull rider when he grew up and his community dedicated the arena to him and put his ashes on a bull for one last ride.

Now, a year later, at the same rodeo arena, his family is hosting the first memorial event in Cody's name.

"Those people really came together in a big way for us last year," Cody's father Greg Lashmet said. "This year we want to be able to give back and help all those who helped us."

The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Circleville Store at  600 TX-95 in Taylor.

"Cody Hopkins was a junior bull rider from Elgin, TX that passed away at the young age of 13-years-old from West Nile Encephelitis," the event description said. "Proceeds from this event will be going to the Rodeo Cowboys Assistance Association (a 100% donation funded 501c3 crisis foundation ran by Rob Smets, Miles Hare, Leon Coffee and Wesley McManus) and also to the Ronald McDonald House."

Events will begin at 6 p.m. with a Calcutta followed by long round bull riding, live auction, championship round bull riding and Caden Gillard in concert."

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