Wayne Shepard was born on December 1, 1976 in Casper, Wyoming.
He was the oldest son of Judy Peck Shepard and Dennis Shepard.
At around midnight on October 6, young Matthew was taken from
a bar by two other young men to a place about a mile outside
of Laramie. Once there, these men took him out to a split-rail
fence, mercilessly beat him with a pistol, tortured him, then
tied him up onto the fence, and left him for dead. He was found
late the next day at 6:22 p.m. by a two bikers, some 18 hours
after the brutal attack. When the bikers first saw Matthew tied
to the fence, they thought that what they saw a scarecrow, but
realized that it was a person. Matthew remained in a coma until
Monday, October 12, when he left this world at 12:53 a.m. with
his family at his bedside. The Matthew
Shepard Foundation has been set up to help fund programs to educate
youth and the public about hate crimes, and what they can do to prevent
tragedies such as the Matthew's brutal murder.
graduation from high school, Matthew attended Catawba College
in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Casper College. He had also
attended some high school in Switzerland. He then moved to Denver,
where he worked several jobs. He was attending the University
of Wyoming, with a major in political science and foreign relations
with a minor in languages. He was fluent in three languages.
He enjoyed the theater and had parts in several Casper College
and Stage III Theater plays. In addition he was very active in
politics and campaigned for several candidates and held a sincere
concern for human rights. He was selected as the student representative
for the Wyoming Environmental Council. He enjoyed several sports
including soccer, swimming, running, camping, hunting, fishing
and snow skiing, in addition to his interests in dancing and
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