Matthew Shepard - 320

Matthew Shepard - 320

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October 6, 1998. Laramie, Wyoming. University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was lured out of a bar in Laramie by two men. He was then beaten, robbed, and left to die while tied to a rural fence. He died just days later in a Fort Collins, Colorado hospital. His murder started a national discussion on LGBT equality and crimes against people based upon their sexuality, race and religion. A federal hate crimes law was eventually passed in 2009 named the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We discuss who Matthew Shepard was, what happened to him, and about the trial that decided the fates of his two attackers.

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Ali Pendleton

Its about 1.5 hours from Laramie to Fort Collins. No clue where you got the 6 hour thing from.

Mar 25th
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TC Lavoie

Years have gone by and it still shocks me & breaks my heart every time I hear Matt's story. 😢

Mar 13th
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David Bourquin

James Byrd Jr. was the name of the victim cited by Matt's family in convo about death penalty as appropriate punishment for certain crimes.

Mar 13th
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Larry Martinez

are they getting political?

Mar 12th
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Irby Kennedy

Tucker Connell I think Larry is refering to the fact Matt wasnt killed because he was gay. He was a drug addict and a dealer, he was tortured and murdered for drugs and money not because he was gay. The story is twisted into a hate crime for political reasons.

Mar 21st
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Tucker Connell

Larry Martinez yep. the bastards acknowledged the basic dignity of gay people. clearly thats a vicious political attack against the right.

Mar 13th
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K hearts

also, hate crimes have only been illegal since 2009!? or did the sentences for hate crimes change in 2009? BRB, I need to go do some research lol

Mar 11th
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K hearts

omg, never heard this case before. thanks for shedding light on this case and giving Matthew the respect and dignity he deserves and deserved then. Its sad it took Matt dying to enact a hate crime law but one good positive is that he didn't die in vain and he has saved so many who came after him. prejudice and discrimination based on race, class, sex, disability, sexual orientation etc is the most ignorant, unnecessary and most horrific thing a person can take part in. to believe someone is inferior based on those factors is kind of ironic seeing as though that thought pattern is what actually makes the person who thinks that way inferior in every way.

Mar 11th
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Rick Wagner

K hearts there was a great movie made about it called boys don't cry. won lots of awards. great acting by the lead who plays Sheppard. a women plays her can't remember the name but she used to be in a ton of movies. I think she won best actress for it. It's excellent

Apr 7th
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Caitlyn Aimee Vance

Thank you so much for covering this ♥️

Mar 11th
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