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Vin Diesel, others attend Paul Walker memorial in Valencia

Posted: December 3, 2013 12:53 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2013 12:53 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Actor and Paul Walker co-star Vin Diesel greeted fans of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise late Monday following a private memorial on the Valencia road where Walker died Saturday.

The memorial for the cast and crew of the highly successful car racing series was held inside a white tent erected around the crash site.

Visitors to the memorial at the site of the burned-out Porsche — which crashed Saturday afternoon while traveling at what investigators say was a high rate of speed — were cleared out of the area before the service was held.

The city of Santa Clarita issued the permit, spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said late Monday.

“We issued the temporary closure to enable the family and some of the co-stars to visit the site, at the family’s request,” she said, adding, “We felt it was the right thing to do.”

Walker left behind two completed films that will be released.

He stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama “Hours,” which Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films will release Dec. 13 in limited theaters and on video-on-demand, as previously planned. Walker is a producer on the film, something he hadn’t previously done.

Walker also stars in “Brick Mansions,” a remake of the French action film “District B13” that Relativity plans to release early next year.

Meanwhile, production on “Fast & Furious 7” is on hold following the death of its star.

Shooting on the film had been scheduled to resume this week in Atlanta but was canceled Monday and Tuesday. A spokesman for Universal Pictures declined to say when shooting will resume.

Production on the latest installment of the franchise began in September. While a large portion of the film has been shot, the movie is incomplete.


It’s scheduled for release July 11, a date that could be difficult to meet with any lengthy delay. Universal Pictures is expected to go forward with the film, but it has not announced how it will adjust the movie or handle Walker’s unfinished performance.


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