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Yesterday, we teared up watching video of Tyrese Gibson sobbing at the site of Paul Walker's fatal car crash. Now we have video of another Fast and Furious co-star, Vin Diesel, paying tribute to his friend. Following a private memorial service for Walker on Monday, Diesel visited the crash site and gave an impromptu speech on a police car speaker. Watch it below. Keep tissues handy.
Diesel gave his speech to the fans after they were barred from the crash site temporarily, allowing Walker's friends and family to pay their respects. Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson were reportedly among the mourners.
Walker's death has deeply affected his Fast & Furious co-stars and fans -- and the fact that he died in a race car has made it particularly resonant. A self-described "adrenaline junkie," Walker liked fast cars as much as his onscreen alter ego. In 2009, he bragged on TV about sometimes driving 185 miles per hour on the freeway (and slightly less fast on an actual racetrack). Though Walker wasn't driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, it was reportedly speeding at the time of the crash, and police have been investigating the possibility that they were street racing another vehicle.
As of right now, however, it's looking more likely that the driver (Walker's friend and financial advisor Roger Rodas) simply lost control of the car. That may be because the Carrera is notoriously difficult to control. TMZ has published a memo sent by Porsche to car dealers in 2004, warning them that the vehicle is extremely hard to handle under normal road conditions. (Sample sentence: "Believe me, this vehicle cannot drive over a Foster Beer can that is lying on its side.") In other words, it may have been crazy to take this particular car out for a spin in the first place -- let alone to try out its speed capabilities in the middle of Los Angeles. Police are still investigating whether the car itself malfunctioned before the crash; it burst into flames and exploded upon impact.
For the moment, fans are focused on grieving Walker, not figuring out why he died. Just yesterday, Wu-Tang Clan member and Fast and Furious co-star RZA released a touching and very personal new song about his friend's death, called "Destiny Bends." Listen below.