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(Dec. 9) Today's Top Headlines - Thousands flock to Paul Walker's crash site

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Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 8:39 am


Thousands of fans -- many in muscle cars and on motorcycles -- gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the Santa Clarita site where the "Fast & Furious" actor died in a car crash last weekend.

Word of the unofficial memorial spread via social media, and before the noon start time, mourners were crowding the area to honor the fallen star with flowers, candles and other tributes and traffic was backed up for miles. Onlookers, many with their families, withstood temperatures in the 40s as they passed by the site in a steady stream throughout the afternoon.

Walker, 40, died when the Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree and then burst into flames. The actor's friend Roger Rodas, 38, was driving and also died in the crash.

Many of the fans arrive in built-for-speed vehicles like the ones featured in the "Fast & Furious" movies and favored by the action star, and revved their engines in tribute. L.A. County Sheriffs were out in force to direct the traffic caused by the huge turnout.

"RIP Means Racing in Paradise," read one fan's sign.

Walker was in Santa Clarita for a fundraiser his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, organized for victims of the recent Philippines typhoon. The event took place at Rodas' shop, and the two stepped away for what was supposed to be a short drive in Rodas' car.

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