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On the night of October 7, 1998, American student Matthew Shepard was the victim of a hate crime based on sexual orientation. Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson’s hatred of homosexuals led them to rob, pistol-whipp and torture Shepard in what would later be influential in the Matthew Shepard Act which extended the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation. Shepard died shortly after the assault.
Why don’t people report hate incidents? Denver-based Matthew Shepard Foundation seeks answers.
The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.
The TRUTH about Matthew Shepard's murder: 'What it really came down to is drugs and money' - "All three of them, Jimenez argues, were involved in Laramie’s crystal meth subculture, as users and dealers. McKinney and Shepard may also have had a casual sexual relationship. ".