Paul Walker Crash Site Becomes Memorial Gathering Place

Paul Walker tribute


updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 12/08/2013 AT 6:30 PM ET

A chorus of whirring engines paid tribute to the late Paul Walker Sunday as thousands gathered at the Santa Clarita, Calif., crash site where the actor died last Saturday.

Many mourners arrived in high-performance vehicles, a nod to Walker’s star turn in The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as his personal love of cars. Several vehicles Walker drove in the movies were on display in a church parking lot near the crash site, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Walker died alongside friend Roger Rodas after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving careened into a light pole and tree, then burst into flames. An autopsy confirmed Walker, 40, died of “traumatic and thermal injuries.” Authorities say speed played a role in the crash.

His death has a profound impact on his many fans, as well as costars including Vin Diesel, who called the actor his “brother.”

Sunday’s memorial was expected to end with a cruise through the Santa Clarita suburb where Walker was holding a fundraiser for his charity, , the day he died, per the Associated Press

More Video: Remembering Paul and Inside the Crash Investigation

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