BirthdayDecember 1, 1976
BirthplaceCasper, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Matthew Shepard

    Full name: Matthew Shepard
    Also known as: Matthew Wayne Shepard, Shepard, Matthew Wayne
    Professions: American murder victim

  2. Matthew Shepard Measurements

    Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

  3. Matthew Shepard Death information

    Died: Monday, 12th of October, 1998 (Age: 21)
    Death cause: Torture

  4. Matthew Shepard Biography

    Matthew Wayne "Matt" Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured 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 triggered by 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. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (commonly the "Matthew Shepard Act" or "Shepard/Byrd Act" for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. Following her son's murder, Matthew's mother Judy Shepard became a prominent LGBT rights activist and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Shepard's death inspired notable films, novels, plays, songs, and other works.

  5. Matthew Shepard Family

    Parents: Judy Shepard and Dennis Shepard

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