On Wednesday, a car meetup in West Covina, California that was meant to honor the late Paul Walker on what would have been his 45th birthday turned into a scene of absolute anarchy as a night of celebration was capped off with burnouts, the destruction of a security vehicle, and an altercation with security guards.
Hundreds and hundreds of Walker fans and car enthusiasts packed into the parking lot of the West Covina Plaza, and what started with cars spinning out and doing donuts ended in members of the crowd roughing up security guards and kicking in the windshield of a security truck.
“It’s alarming when we see this in the video. The behavior of the people that are gathering at these car meets wanting to beat other people up or just damage property – it’s just not acceptable,” Lt. Travis Tibbetts told KABC.
A full police investigation looking into those responsible for the felony vandalism as well as the assault and battery to the two security officers is currently underway.
“I think the video is pretty clear and I think there’s someone out there that can help us identify who those suspects are that damaged that car and then hurt those security officers,” Tibbetts said.
Walker, who is best known for his role in the Fast and the Furious movies, was killed in November 2013 when the Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in smashed into a pole and caught fire.
Thanks to computer effects and a little help from his brothers, Caleb and Cody, Paul Walker’s last appearance in the Furious movies was Furious 7. During a promotional event for the documentary I Am Paul Walker, the Walker brothers said that they would be open to help portray Paul’s Brian O’Connor character in any future Furious sequels or spin-offs.