Matthew Shepard. Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries.
Two men were arrested shortly after the attack. During the trial of one of his killers, it was widely reported that Shepard was targeted because he was gay; a Laramie police officer testified at a pretrial hearing that the violence against Shepard was due to how the attacker "[felt] about gays", per an interview of the attacker's girlfriend. Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Background P_546_500_034DF65B-1638-46E1-B2E0-752609AF2CFB.jpeg (JPEG Image, 500x546 pixels) Eighty Years Of Cartoon Voices. 136 Creepy Wikipedia Articles. Splat Bodacious Blue. Gift-flowchart2.png (PNG Image, 800x1855 pixels)