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Fans still coming to Paul Walker crash site

Ridgecrest man fashions trash can 'candle' to honor actor on the New Year

Posted: December 31, 2013 3:31 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2013 3:31 p.m.

A Ridgecrest man lugged what he called the “world’s biggest candle” to the Valencia street where actor Paul Walker and Santa Clarita Valley businessman Roger Rodas died more than a month ago, saying he wanted to “do something big” to honor the actor on the new year.

Troy Charles said he forged the so-called candle using a trash can and a wire wick. He lit it Tuesday at the crash site near Kelly Johnson Parkway and Hercules Street.

“I wanted to do something big and original,” Charles said.

The lighting was a short one, though. Charles said he extinguished the wick after less than a minute when someone complained.

The Kern County man said he tried to make the wire wick 40 inches tall, since Walker was 40 years old when he died.

“I guess I got a little love for the guy, you know?” he said of the actor, who was best known for his roles in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise.

Charles was not alone at the site Tuesday. Even a month after the crash, a small number of people continued to pay their respects.

A collection of flowers and smaller candles lined the curb of the site, which itself was covered in written messages from well-wishers, mostly in markers.

Trees nearby also bore similar messages, some written, others etched into the bark.
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