October 6 1998 – Matthew Shepard 21 is tortured, pistol whipped, beaten and tied to a fence and left to die. After 18 hours was found by a bicyclist who at first thought he was a scarecrow. He died 6 days later in a Fort Collins, CO hospital.
Matthew Shepard's Story - The Matthew Shepard Foundation
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What It's Like To Grow Up Gay In Wyoming After Matthew Shepard's Murder
If he hadn't been killed in 1998, Matthew Shepard would have turned 41 today. As a gay student in Wyoming, I grew up afraid of the homophobia that contributed to his death — but queer people here are working toward a new future.
The Matthew Shepard Story [DVD] 
October Mourning : A Song for Matthew Shepard (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word) (Leslea Newman)