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Matthew Shepard's Death

Born (Birthday) December 1, 1976

Death Date October 12, 1998

Age of Death 21 years

Cause of Death Homicide

The Matthew Shepard died at the age of 21. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

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.

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.



“It was an act of patriotism when we worked to pass a law allowing the prosecution of federal hate crimes in the name of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd.” (Kamala Harris)


“I believe that what is legislated bleeds down into everything. So if the legislation continues to uphold anything that doesn’t support equal rights and civil rights, that bleeds down into Matthew Shepard being murdered.” (Pauley Perrette)