As per our current Database, Matthew Shepard has been died on Oct 12, 1998 (age 21).
When Matthew Shepard die, Matthew Shepard was 21 years old.
|Popular As||Matthew Shepard|
|Age||21 years old|
|Born||December 1, 1976 (Casper, WY)|
Matthew Shepard’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.
Matthew Shepard was born in the Year of the Dragon. A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.
A decade after the 1998 murder of this LGBT youth, the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama passed an important piece of legislation known as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
After studying briefly at Catawba College and Casper College, Shepard entered the political science program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. While in Laramie, he accepted a ride from Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney one evening and was subsequently tortured by the young men; comatose, he died in the hospital six days later.
His death inspired a popular stage play titled The Laramie Project.
He and his younger brother, Logan, grew up in Casper, Wyoming. After their older son's death, Judy and Dennis Shepard established a prominent LGBT Activist organization known as the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
During the 2012 to 2013 athletic season, gay professional basketball player Jason Collins wore a number 98 jersey in honor of Shepard and in remembrance of the year in which he was murdered.