Matthew Shepard

John William King (left) and James Byrd Jr. (right)
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April 25, 2019 - 9:34 am
By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN (CNN) -- John William King sought to terrorize blacks in east Texas by murdering James Byrd Jr., but his vicious crime instead (eventually) provided federal law enforcement with additional tools to punish perpetrators of hate crimes. King was convicted in 1999 in the...
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Matthew Shepard laid to rest
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October 26, 2018 - 1:29 pm
By Dakin Andone, CNN (CNN) -- Matthew Shepard was finally laid to rest Friday at the Washington National Cathedral 20 years after being killed by two men because he was gay. "It's so important that we now have a home for Matt," his father, Dennis Shepard, said at the start of the service. "A home...
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