Some of you reading this might be too young to remember Matthew Shepard. For those of us who do, it is as vivid now in our minds as it was two decades ago. It was his familiar face that resonated for many of us. He resembled that devoutely loyal friend in high school, the awesome brother that kept the difficult secrets and an awkard, clumsy son that embraced his awkwardness.
It was the fall of 1998, on October 6th, just outside of Laramie, Wyoming when two men, beat, pistol-whipped, and tortured 21 year-old Shepard, a University of Wyoming student.
The men tied Matthew to a fence in freezing temperatures and left to die. He was discovered 18 hours later by a cyclist who mistook him for a scarecrow. News reports described Matthew’s face, covered in dried blood, except for streams where his tears had washed some of it away.
Countless stories have been published about Matthew Shepard and a foundation was created in his name with a mission to Erase Hate. As a memorial to Matthew Shepard, ChavezforCharity.com is selling ERASE HATE bundles, which includes a limited edition Erase Hate Unisex Bracelet with gift box and an Erase Hate T-Shirt. Twenty-five percent of the profits will go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation (Fighting for Equal Rights). Pre-orders are currently being taken.
To learn more about Matthew Shepard, click on the video below: Official trailer of “Matt Shepard is a friend of mine.”