Taking a lap for Danny

The spirit of Danny Cox burst to life Sunday through the people who gathered to remember him.

His favorite colors filled the stands at Petaluma High's track and football field as a sea of more than 1,000 people wearing yellow sun dresses, T-shirts, hats and flowers combined with black pants, stripes and sunglasses gathered to remember him.

Memorial for Danny Cox


His oddball humor peppered the memories his family shared from a sunflower-covered podium about the 19-year-old Petaluma High graduate, who was killed in a traffic crash a week ago, following a year of recovery and rehabilitation from a lake diving accident.

And his bounding energy burst through his father, who asked the crowd to walk in silence around the track where his son competed, while the father then ran through the crowd, against the grain.

"Danny's spirit was running through the crowd. It was the best feeling," said his father, Chris Cox.

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