Pace University Remembers Matthew Shepard, Oct. 2

Around midnight on October 6, 1998 two young men took Matthew Shepard from a bar to a deserted place a mile outside of Laramie, Wyoming. There, Matthew was tortured, beaten with a pistol, tied to a fence and left for dead. He was found some 18 hours later by two bikers. Matthew remained in a coma until Monday, October 12 when he died at 12:53 a.m. Matthew was 21 years old. Matthew was gay.

An Evening with Judy Shepard
Pace University Remembers Matthew Shepard, Oct. 2

PLEASANTVILLE, N. Y. – Around midnight on October 6, 1998 two young men took Matthew Shepard from a bar to a deserted place a mile outside of Laramie, Wyoming. There, Matthew was tortured, beaten with a pistol, tied to a fence and left for dead. He was found some 18 hours later by two bikers. Matthew remained in a coma until Monday, October 12 when he died at 12:53 a.m. Matthew was 21 years old. Matthew was gay.

Pace University will host An Evening with Judy Shepard on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Fitness Center on the Pleasantville campus.

Judy Shepard, who lost her 21-year-old son to a murder inspired by anti-gay hate, is determined to prevent her son’s fate from befalling others, Judy and her husband Dennis, established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew’s legacy by embracing the just causes he championed. She is using her grief over her son’s death to make a difference. She has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and she is now speaking to audiences nationwide about what they can do to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.

The program has been sponsored by the Lubin School of Business, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, The Lienhard School of Nursing, the School of Education, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace Law School, the Office of the President, University Athletics Department and the Center for Student Development and Campus Activities.

The event is free and open to the public. Pace University is located in Pleasantville, at 861 Bedford Road, use Entrance 3 for best access to the fitness center. For directions see www.pace.edu.

For more information contact the Center for Student Development and Campus Activities: 914-773-3767.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

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