Paul Walker Secretly Bought a $10K Engagement Ring for a Military Couple
In the wake of one of the Fast and Furious’ most beloved star’s death, time has shed new light on the late actor that speaks volumes of his character. In 2004, actor Paul Walker was spending an afternoon in the Bailey Banks Jewelers in Santa Barbara, California.
Newlywed's Kristen and Kyle Upham were also shopping in the same jewelry store for their engagement ring. The couple had already been married for a short amount of time, however, they had opted out of a large ceremony and diamond ring because Kyle was sent on his first tour of duty in Iraq. When Kristen and Kyle Upham noticed the Fast and Furious star in the Santa Barbara jewelry store, the group exchanged pleasantries and a little bit about themselves.
As the military couple persued the jewelry store that day, Kyle and Kristen found the perfect engagement ring. The only issue was the price, which was $10,000. The ring was too expensive for the couple, leaving the store without it.
Sometime after the encounter, the couple was called to return to the store. When they went back, one of the jewelry store clerks came up to them and presented a jewelry bag. Inside the bag was their dream engagement ring. The couple asked what was going on, but the jewelry store clerks wouldn’t give them any information as to who their benefactor was.
After Walker’s tragic car accident in 2013, another store clerk, Irene King thought that the couple should know what a generous man the actor was. According to King, Walker reached out to the manager of the jewelry store and asked that the engagement ring that Kristen and Kyle Upham wanted to be put on his tab. He also asked that the ring be presented to them as an anonymous gift. For years the couple had a feeling that the actor might have been the gift giver, but they had no clue until recently.
Kristen claims the ring the most generous thing that has ever happened to her. The Upham's remain grateful for Walker's act of kindness. The world truly lost a kind soul.
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