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TTU Law School hosts film screening, panel discussion on Matthew Shepard case

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Texas Tech law school hosted a film screening at Lanier Auditorium on Tuesday as part of their discussion of the Matthew Shepard case.

Shepard was a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die back in 1998.

Shepard's murder eventually brought major changes in protection for those in the LGBT community.

TTU Law School Visiting Asst. Professor Kyle Velte said, "It was the first time that a hate crime against an LGBT person got not only national attention but international attention. The story went viral as we could call it today around the world and it resulted in the first federal hate crimes law."

Shepherd's parents, Judy and Dennis were featured during the noon lunch panel on Tuesday.

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