A small memorial outside the Mesa home of actor Paul Walker is growing.
Residents in this Santa Barbara neighborhood say they are devastated after learning about his death in a fiery car crash on Saturday, just outside of Los Angeles.
Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were leaving a charity event in Valencia when the crash happened. Rodas was behind the wheel and Walker was a passenger in the red Porsche when it apparently spun out of control and slammed into a tree and light pole. There was an explosion that followed. Walker's friends heard the crash and tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers. But, it was too late. Walker and Rodas were pronounced dead at the scene.
News of Walker's death spread quickly on social media and throughout Santa Barbara, where Walker lived and spent a lot of time. Neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 that even though Walker was a celebrity, he was a big part of the community. Mesa resident Laurel Perez said, "He was very friendly. He really liked and engaged with the kids in the neighborhood. There are some fun stories about him teasing the boys as they would walk the dogs past his house."
Walker was spotted around town and was a regular at Zodo's Bowling and Beyond Alley in Goleta. Part-Owner and Manager Steve Davis says Walker was always kind and polite, and was just a regular guy. Davis said, "Most of the people really knew who he was and the girls thought he was a nice looking man."
The 40 year-old Walker's good looks made him one of Hollywood's most bankable actors. He rose to fame in the blockbuster "Fast and Furious" movie franchise. Walker was shooting the seventh installment of the film series at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, "Hours," which is set for release in December.
Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.