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24: Matthew Shepard

Wow.

Today marks 24 years since Matthew Shepard died.

It remains difficult to write my thoughts about him every year, some of this is because I feel like I am being a bit repetitious, some of it is because I never quite know how to address my feelings about him every year.

It’s not easy to pause and consider what Matthew Shepard means to me.

His murder remains a central memory in my life – one of those days/experiences that I can relive when I close my eyes.

One of three vivid moments in my life: Space Shuttle Challenger. Matthew Shepard’s Murder. September 11th.

This is a moment to dwell – even as I abhor dwelling in most other areas of my life. A moment where I am vaguely spiritual in my thinking – even as I am an active atheist.

His murder was nonsensical – but in being nonsensical, his life has incredible meaning. His memory is a force for good on this planet.

Rest in peace, Matthew. Matt.

R.I.P. Matthew “Matt” Wayne Shepard – *December 1, 1976; †October 12, 1998


For historical reference, see 2004200520062007200820092010201120122013,  2014201520162017201820192020, 2021 or any of the many times he’s been mentioned on my blog via a search for Matthew Shepard.

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