Matthew Shepard died 18 years ago today

I am loathe to admit that 18 years ago I was in my own little world, ignorant of what went on beyond who I was at the time. My heart breaks for anyone who is ever attacked or even simply ignored and treated as a non-entity because of who they are.

It was 18 years ago today that Matthew Shepard died from severe head injuries after being abducted and tortured by two men who left him to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

The college student was just 21.

The attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history.

‘October is always a very difficult month because it’s the anniversary,’ Shepard’s high school friend, Michele Josue, said last week after a screening on the Paramount Studios lot of her documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.

‘He was a wonderful human being and we miss him terribly.’

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