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Paul Walker honored by impromptu memorial rally at crash site

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Paul Walker was honored on Sunday, Dec. 8 when fans showed up at his crash site carrying candles and flowers for an impromptu memorial. According to the New York Daily News, thousands of fans came to the site on foot while thousands of others came in "souped up" cars.

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"Streets in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita were turned into parking lots as fans of the 'Fast & Furious' star flocked to a makeshift shrine near where he lost his life Nov. 30 in a fiery crash. Up to 20,000 people were expected to show up to the rally, as word of the event spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter," the New York Daily News reports.

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were killed when Rodas lost control of the Porsche they were riding in and it hit a tree and a telephone pole. The car went up in flames, leaving nothing but charred metal behind. Walker and Rodas' bodies were so badly burned that the medical examiner needed their dental records to identify them. Their tragic deaths have been remembered every day since the accident occurred.

"I think he represents a lot of us. He had the same mantra we all live by: We enjoy the kind of lifestyle we have with the cars and the kind of passion we all have for them," said fan Andrew Kellogg.

Paul Walker's crash site has been a memorial since the police cleared the area. People have been showing up daily to pay their respects. Even Walker's co-stars and "brothers" Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson have gone there to say their goodbyes. It's tragic but the outpouring of love is so beautiful.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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