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Thu Jul 5, 2018, 01:52 AM

Laramie vigil memorializes Matthew Shepard's death

LARAMIE — Laramie Pridefest drew to a close Sunday night during a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Matthew Shepard and paint a stark reminder about the violence LGBTQ community members face.

The vigil was on Simpson Plaza on the University of Wyoming campus a few yards from the location where a candlelight vigil was hosted 20 years ago, said Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s father.

Dennis Shepard was the keynote speaker at Sunday’s vigil, but multiple community members also spoke that night, including Mayor Andi Summerville, Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, Sara Burlingame of Wyoming Equality and members of Laramie’s LGBTQ community.

Dennis Shepard said there has been progress, but there is still a long way to go on promoting equal rights.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/laramie-vigil-memorializes-matthew-shepard-s-death/article_fc37c8ad-9679-5382-b4e7-c6b58ceae6ff.html

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