Friday, October 12, 2018

Matthew Shepard Final Rest

On October 12th 1998 Matthew Shepard a 21 year old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime after being kidnapped, beaten, tortured & left to die tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. On October 26th Matthew will be interred at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. There will be a service Friday October 12th to celebrate & recall Shepard’s life & will be followed by a private interment in the Cathedral crypt. The service will be presided over by the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington & the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal Church. Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother stated, “We’ve given much thought to Matt’s final resting place & we found the Washington National Cathedral is an ideal choice, as Matt loved the Episcopal church & felt welcomed by his church in Wyoming. For the past 20 years, we have shared Matt’s story with the world. It’s reassuring to know he now will rest in a sacred spot where folks can come to reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.” Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral concluded, “Matthew Shepard’s death is an enduring tragedy affecting all people & should serve as an ongoing call to the nation to reject anti-LGBTQ bigotry & instead embrace each of our neighbors for who they are. In the years since Matthew’s death, the Shepard family has shown extraordinary courage & grace in keeping his spirit & memory alive & the Cathedral is honored & humbled to serve as his final resting place.”
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