Sounds of high-performance engines filled the air as thousands of fans, friends and car lovers headed to Los Angeles to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the 'Fast & Furious' actor died.
The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles and other tributes.
By the afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, dropped by, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said, adding that the gathering was mostly peaceful. Many arrived in cars built for speed, and the sounds of engines revving echoed close to where Walker and his friend died on November 30. The event concluded on Sunday evening with a cruise through the area 50km northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Walker, 40, was killed when the Porsche Carrera GT in which he was travelling smashed into a light pole and tree then burst into flames. The actor's friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas, who was driving, also died.
The two had bonded over a passion for fast cars. They co-owned an auto racing team named after Rodas' custom car shop, Always Evolving, and Rodas, 38, drove professionally for the team on the Pirelli World Challenge circuit this year. Among those who turned out at the crash site early was Edi Maya, a gardener who worked in Walker’s neighbourhood and said he chatted with the actor from time to time.
"I work next to his house every week, twice a week. Seeing those candles there, it's heart-breaking," he told local news station KABC-TV.
Actor Rick Yune, who co-starred with Walker in "The Fast and the Furious," also stopped by.
"We mourn his loss but we can at least remember how great a guy he was and celebrate his life," Yune told reporters. Universal Pictures has shut down production of the seventh "Fast & Furious" movie while it contemplates how it might go forward without him. Walker was due to shoot scenes for the film in Abu Dhabi.
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Original headline: 'Fast & Furious' fans gather to pay respects to Paul Walker
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