Matthew Shepard was murdered in October of 1998. This was done because he was gay. He died alone, tied to a fence on the Wyoming range. He was a thoughtful, kind person and he left us at 21. I wrote a mini-poem for him and am absolutely convinced that Matthew's memory endures:
Matthew Shepard wide the sky, long and blue before my eye, endless you are, yes you stand me up, never really did you die.