Car rally memorial for Paul Walker

2013-12-09 09:24

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Los Angeles – Thousands of fans, some driving souped-up cars, converged in Southern California at the site of actor Paul Walker’s death, paying tribute to the Fast and Furious star and a friend who were killed in a fiery crash two weeks ago.

The unusual public memorial yesterday took the form of a car rally, with drivers filing slowly past the spot in Santa Clarita, where Walker (40) and Roger Rodas (38) died on November 30.

Rodas, the owner of a local auto dealership and racing services company, was behind the wheel of a Porsche Carrera GT with Walker in the passenger seat when it crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

Walker had been in Santa Clarita, about 40 km north of Los Angeles, for a charity event.

The memorial, which was organised via social media, was scheduled for noon but Captain Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said mourners began arriving as early as 6am to pay their respects.

Parker said more than 1000 cars drove past the site of the wreck, now marked by flowers and cards, and estimated that a total of 5 000 people took part in the event. He said some mourners had come from as far away as Texas, Arizona and Nevada, driving in caravans.

Walker became a symbol of street racing and car culture in his role as law enforcement officer Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious series.

The actor, who played supporting roles in 1998’s Pleasantville and 1999’s Varsity Blues, was in five of the six Fast and Furious films about illegal street racing, heists and organised crime.

Walker also starred in the Hurricane Katrina survival drama Hours, which will be released on December 13, and the crime drama Brick Mansions, which is in post-production and will be released next year.

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