Thousands gathered to mourn the loss of Paul and Roger Rodas at their crash site in Santa Clarita Calif. on Dec. 8. Fans drove their cars and motorcycles past a peaceful memorial site near Hercules Street to pay their respects — although one person was arrested for possessing a firearm. Click to view the gallery.
Paul Walker, 40, was known for his gripping portrayal of car racer Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise — so 5,000 fans rallied together in their cars to mourn the actor and Roger Rodas‘ tragic Nov. 30 deaths. The memorial was organized on social media for noon, but fans showed up as early as 6 a.m., Captain Mike Parker of the LA County Sheriff’s Department told the LA Times.
Paul Walker Memorial Tribute Car Rally: 5,000 Fans Pay Their Respects
More than 1,000 cars drove past the crash site on Hercules Street, now covered in flowers, cards, candles and stuffed animals. 5,000 people attended the rally, with some even coming all the way from Texas, Arizona and Nevada, according to the LA Times. Many fans wore T-shirts and hats with photos of Paul and Roger, 38.
The enormous group was cooperative overall, but a man from Arizona was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm at the memorial, 40 citations were given for traffic violations and seven cars were towed, reports ABC.
In the parking lot of the nearby North Park Community Church, fans also signed a large canvas with photos of Paul and Roger stretched over a huge trailer.
Paul Walker’s Funeral — Family Says It’s ‘Still A Work In Progress’
Paul touched so many lives before his untimely death, and his family wants all of the late actor’s loved ones to unite and grieve his tragic loss together.
“They have not decided when the funeral will take place, it is still a work in progress,” a friend of Paul and his family told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “They want to make sure that everyone who wants to mourn will be together and all schedules match. They hopefully will have more of an idea next week.”
It’s lovely that Fast & Furious fans gathered together to pay tribute to Paul and Roger, and we’re so glad that nobody was hurt at the crowded rally. Our thoughts go out to Paul and Roger’s friends and family.
— Ivy Jacobson