Brianna Mullins, Cody's cousin, said she will always remember Cody on their grandfathers' little dirt bike. She said he was her late grandparents' "pride and joy."
Cody enjoyed sports and though he was still in school he helped out with midget league football. Cody played football, baseball and basketball and also enjoyed coaching.
Earlier in the day Saturday he and his girlfriend, Kirsten Young, 16, were running around looking for special socks for the football players for homecoming, Mullins said.
Kirsten was in the vehicle with Cody when he crashed. She suffered serious injuries but was released from the hospital Monday and was able to attend the vigil.
"Cody wasn't only my boyfriend but he was my best friend," Kirsten said through tears. She stood on crutches at the center of the large crowd. "It's going to be hard, so hard. I'm glad you all are here, it means so much to me."
Chris Vance, 16, grew up with Cody, his uncle. The two were close and enjoyed spending time with each other. He said Cody bought a ring and had planned to ask Kirsten to marry him on her birthday.
He described Cody as fun to be around and said he had a knack for making others smile.
"His smile," Chris said. "You can't forget that kid's smile. He was always cheering everybody up."
He said Cody loved everyone and never met a stranger. As the youngest child and only boy in their family, Cody was a "big ol' Mama's boy," Chris said.
Valery Harper, Riverside principal, said she met with teachers Monday to talk about what happened and go over the facts and what to expect Wednesday when the students came back to school. She said the county school board also sent support staff.
"We're grieving," she said. "We have to have these conversations with them and let them know we love them and that we're here for them."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.