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Sat Nov 30, 2019, 09:58 AM

Matthew Shepard will be honored with a plaque at the Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral will dedicate a plaque next week to memorialize Matthew Shepard, whose cremated remains were interred there one year ago. In one of the US' most notorious and brutal anti-gay crimes, the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student in 1998 was attacked and left in a field. He died days later as a result of his injuries.

Shepard's remains were interred 20 years after his death at the Washington National Cathedral -- a venue known for its historic inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church, as it considers LGBTQ equality "one of the great civil rights issue(s) of the church in the 21st century," according to its website.

Shepard's remains are held in the cathedral's West Crypt Columbarium but are not accessible to the public. In the same crypt, deaf-blind author and activist Helen Keller's remains are also held. Shepard's plaque will be mounted opposite Keller's own plaque in the cathedral's nearby Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea, the place members of the public may go to honor him.

It will read, "Matt, rest gently in this place. You are home safe now. Peace be with you and all who visit here."


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Mickju Nov 2019 #1

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Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:44 PM

1. I'm glad they are honoring him.

My heart aches every time I am reminded of what happened to him.

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