The actor anonymously bought Kyle and Kristen Upham an engagement ring

By Tim Nudd
December 05, 2013 08:00 AM
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Almost 10 years later, Kyle and Kristen Upham are still bowled over by Paul Walker’s unbelievable generosity – after he changed their lives with a single gesture.

The couple were shopping for an engagement ring in a Santa Barbara, Calif., jewelry store in 2004, when Walker overheard them talking about a gorgeous ring – one they couldn’t afford, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Walker bought the $9,000 ring for them, then slipped away without a word.

“It’s still to this day the most generous thing anyone has ever done for me,” Kristen says today.

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They were never 100 percent sure it was Walker, though they had chatted with him in the store. This week, after Walker’s tragic death in a car wreck, their suspicions were confirmed after a clerk at the jewelry store spoke up.

“To do something like that to a perfect stranger is just unbelievable,” the clerk, Irene King, says.

Kyle Upham was preparing for a second tour in Iraq at the time. “When [Walker] found out Kyle just came back from Iraq – I remember seeing the look in his face,” Kristen says. “He kind of transformed.”

“When we hand down the ring through the generations, there will always be a story to tell,” Kyle says.

Adds Kristen: “His real life speaks volumes of his character. He really did put his money where his mouth is, and did good for this world.”

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