On the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old college student, was beaten, tortured, and left to die on a fencepost near Laramie, Wyoming. He died six days later at the hospital.
Earlier in the evening of October 6, Shepard made the acquaintance of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at The Fireside Bar in Laramie, who invited Shepard to drink and chat with them. Shortly after, the group decided that McKinney and Henderson would drive Shepard home. Instead, they drove him to a remote area outside city limits, where they proceeded to tie Matthew Shepard to a fence post,