Vigil for Matthew Shepard tonight in Loring Park

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October 13, 2008 // UPDATED 2:23 pm - October 13, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Judy Shepard among the scheduled speakers

The mother of a gay college student murdered in Laramie, Wyo., 10 years ago will speak at a candlelight vigil that begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Loring Park.

The death of Matthew Shepard, 21, who was found beaten and tied to a rural fencepost in October 1998, drew national attention to hate crimes against gays. His mother, Judy Shepard, is one of several people scheduled to speak at the vigil, which is free and open to the public.

A reading of “The Laramie Project,” a play about the aftermath of Shepard’s death, will take place at The Women’s Club of Minneapolis following the vigil. The Women’s Club of Minneapolis is located at 410 Oak Grove St., just across from the park.

Proceeds from the reading will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Campaign to Erase Hate.

Tickets to both the reading and a reception afterwards are $65–$100. Tickets to just the reading are $25.

To purchase tickets visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation website or contact the Foundation by calling (303) 830-7400, x. 11.