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The remains of Paul Walker’s vehicle after the crash and a tribute to him.

As many of you may know, Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Saturday. He was just 40 years old. Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by his racing team partner and financial advisor Roger Rodas.  The vehicle slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood. He had just left a charity event for his disaster relief organization “Reach out Worldwide.” The explosion was so horrific that the police now have to take dental x-rays so they can identify the bodies.

We all knew him as Brian O’Conner from the first Fast and Furious produced back in 2001. As a fan of the Fast and Furious series, it was hard to hear of his death. This year the team was in the middle of filming their seventh Fast and Furious. It had to be put on hold due to this sudden loss of not just an incredible actor, but also a friend to the rest of his cast. There was a memorial set up where the crash took place for family, friends and fans to come and say their goodbyes. Paul’s co-star Tyrese Gibson visited the memorial by himself one afternoon. It is said that he broke down crying in front of the memorial as he wept for his fallen friend. Although the rest of his cast mates were grieving, Tyrese was affected the most by this tragedy.

Paul Walker touched a lot of people in the world with his movies. Senior Adam Gardner has always been a huge fan of not only the Fast and Furious movies, but also Paul Walker.

How did you find out about Paul’s death and how did you react to it? “I found out he died because my brother texted me. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Fast and Furious series. After I heard about the news, my mind was in disbelief. I was in disbelief because he was such a young actor. It basically ruined my day because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was always a dream of mine to meet Paul Walker; I mean he’s the Fast and Furious guy, who wouldn’t want to meet him. Now that he passed away it stinks that I’ll never get that chance, he was my favorite actor.”

They already started making the seventh movie; do you think they should finish it? Or just scrap it completely. “They should definitely finish it. I think the producers should somehow try and incorporate his death into the movie, like have him die in a car accident or something.  It would be cool if they dedicated the movie to him too.”

Do you think they should continue on with the series? “They should cap it off at seven. Paul Walker made the series what it is and you can’t go on without on the best main characters. Just tie loose end in the seventh one.”

Although Paul Walker’s tragic death struck America hard, he was a very influential person and a great young actor. He made the Fast and Furious series what it is and I think his legend is going to live on forever. Even though the movies are going to stop, there’s no reason people should forget about one of the greatest cast members. Send your prayers to the Walker family and to the cast and crew of Fast and Furious panthers, they need it more than ever. R.I.P. Paul Walker: September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013.