"Tonight," Evans told me on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre, "my performance is dedicated to him."
The Brit actor echoed what so many friends have shared since Walker's tragic death.
"He was just a really down to earth, cool guy," Evans said. "He was warm, just very kind.
"You know, I was the new boy on the set," he continued. "He didn't have to have much to do with me but he always took time to come over, give me a hug, have a chat. He was that kind of guy."
Walker was killed Saturday in a fiery car crash. He was just 40 years old.
"He just gave off a really great energy," Evans said. "He surrounded himself with wonderful people. That says something about who you are. His friends and family were always surrounding him. They are the ones I send my love to this evening."
A source exclusively told E! News earlier today that Walker's daughter, Meadow Walker, was "still in shock" in the wake of her father's passing.
The source said that Meadow is leaning on her mom and other relatives. "Friends have flown in to be with her," the source said. "She is in OK spirits and dealing with it the best she can for a 15 year old. She is surrounded by family and friends and they are trying comfort her and help her get through this."
"Everyone is taking it hard, but there has been a large outpouring of love and support for the family," the source added.
Vin Diesel, Walker's costar in four of the six Fast & Furious movies, broke his silence about the death earlier tonight ."Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now... and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us... on me..." Diesel wrote on his Facebook page. "I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were... on and off screen."
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