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Image copyright Matthew Shepard Foundation Image caption The political science student dreamed of becoming a diplomat Today the buck fence where Shepard was bound and bludgeoned is long gone.
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of people gathered to remember the life of Matthew Shepard on Thursday evening in Dupont Circle.
Twenty years after the shocking, gruesome murder of Matthew Shepard, the young victims remains will be laid to rest in a Washington cathedral.The remains of Shepard, the 21-year-old gay man robbed and left for dead in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, have been in possession of his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, who feared vandals would desecrate his final resting place.But on Friday, he will be laid to rest at the ornate Washington National Cathedral, reported The Times.Weve given much thought to Matts final resting place, and we found the Washington National Cathedral is an ideal choice, as Matt loved the Episcopal Church and felt welcomed by his church in Wyoming, said Judy Shepard.
Participants in Thursday's vigil made took time to note that violence still occurs against the LGBTQ community.
Image caption Judy and Dennis Shepard at the Matthew Shepard Foundation in Denver last week The openly gay University of Wyoming freshman had just met up with friends to plan LGBT awareness week on the town's campus.
We are, as a family, happy and relieved that we now have a final home for Matthew, a place that he himself would love.Fridays ceremony will begin with a morning public service but the ashes will be interred privately in the crypt.Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde will preside over the ceremony alongside the Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal Church bishop.
For the past 20 years, we have shared Matts story.
I wish this wasn't an issue 20 years later after Matt Shepard's murder."
Shepard, a young gay college student, was murdered 20 years ago in Wyoming by two men.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheriff Dave O'Malley had the signature of his late fellow investigator on the Shepard case tattooed on his arm The killers would tell police they planned to lure Shepard into McKinney's pick-up truck so they could rob him.
Image copyright CBS News Image caption Russell Henderson (left) and Aaron McKinney Two days after Shepard passed away, tearful politicians and celebrities gathered on the steps of the US Capitol to address a vigil of thousands.
Its reassuring to know he now will rest in a sacred spot where folks can come to reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.The internment comes just over 20 years since Shepards death shocked the world and blared the alarm for firmer gay rights nationally as well as globally.I think its the perfect, appropriate place, Dennis Shepard told The Times on Thursday.