Judy and Dennis Shepard will forever be scarred by the death of their son Matt, who was beaten and tortured on Oct 6, 1998. Shepard, who was a student at the University of Wyoming, died six days later in hospital. During the trial of the two men who were convicted of murder, evidence was heard that the men were motivated by their hatred of gays. Shepard’s parents have fought tirelessly against homophobia in the years since their son’s death. They created the Matthew Shepard Foundation in December 1998.