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D.C. Vigil Marks 15 Years Since Gay Student’s Death

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Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, stands next to a photograph of the fence where Matthew was murdered, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in 2007 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, stands next to a photograph of the fence where Matthew was murdered, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in 2007 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A candlelight vigil in Washington marked 15 years since the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was abducted and killed in Laramie, Wyo.

The vigil was held Friday night following a performance of the play “The Laramie Project” at Ford’s Theatre. The play presents the community’s response to Shepard’s 1998 murder and the resulting media attention. The vigil is being held nearby at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The vigil’s organizers say Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s father, will join the group.

“The Laramie Project” runs through Oct. 27.

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