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Mourners at a candlelight vigil for Matthew Shepard in 1998
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A Texas high school is under fire for canceling a production of The Laramie Project, a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard.

Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was 21 when he was brutally tortured and beaten as part of a hate crime and left for dead outside of the city of Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998.

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