Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (MSHCPA – S. 909) that is in the Senate, which will be voted on before the August recess; was inspired by the hate crime committed against Matthew Shepard.
The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 went against everything that Matthew embodied. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, lead him to a remote area east of Laramie where they demonstrated unimaginable acts of hate. Matthew was tied to a split-rail fence where he was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later he was found by a cyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow.
Matthew died on October 12 at 12:53 am at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. His entire family was by his side for the last few days of his life.
A little background into Matthew Shepard Foundation.