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Paul Walker Engagement Ring: Secretly Paid $10K for Soldier's Purchase

By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 02:37 PM

Since his tragic death over the weekend, Paul Walker's co-stars and friends have spoken out about his kindness and generosity, and now a California jewelry store clerk is opening up about the time the actor secretly bought a pricy engagement ring for a soldier and his fiancee.

It happened several years ago at a jewelry shop in Santa Barbara when the "Fast & Furious" actor was shopping at the same time as a soldier who had just gotten home from his first tour in Iraq.

"[The soldier's fiancee] saw something that she really, really liked, but he said, 'Honey, I can’t afford that,'" the clerk, Irene King, told CBS Los Angeles.

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Walker apparently overheard the couple talking about the $10,000 engagement ring set and he quietly called the manager of the store over.

"He called the manager and he said, 'Umm, the ring that those people are looking at — put it on my tab,'" King said. "Soon after that, he just left. … To do something like that to a perfect stranger is just unbelievable."

Walker, 40, and his friend and driver Roger Rodas, 38, were both killed Saturday when the Porsche Carrera GT they were riding in crashed into a pole and burst into flames in Valencia, Calif.

The pair had reportedly spent the day at a Philippines typhoon fundraising event hosted by their charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Afterwards, according to E! Online, Rodas suggested they take his 2005 Porsche for a quick drive to see if they could figure out why it had been stalling earlier.

Walker's autopsy results were revealed Wednesday and showed that he died from a combination of "traumatic and thermal" injuries

Universal Pictures, the studio behind the "Fast & Furious" franchise, released a tribute video Wednesday dedicated to Walker. The clip has already drawn nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube.

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Paul Walker secretly put a $10,000 engagement ring on his tab at a jewelry store after overhearing a soldier tell his fiancee he couldn't afford it. More than 10 years later and in light of the actor's death, the employee wanted to share his good deed with the world.
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