October 6 1998 – Matthew Shepard 21 is tortured, pistol whipped, beaten and tied to a fence and left to die. After 18 hours was found by a bicyclist who at first thought he was a scarecrow. He died 6 days later in a Fort Collins, CO hospital.
A 1999 Angel Action wall of love outside the courthouse where Matthew Shepard's accused killers were on trial. The group counter-protested Westboro Baptist Church. The man behind the hate, Fred Phelps, died