To The Daily Sun,
This was just pointed out to me and I was blown away by this shocking revelation by Hillarie Goldstein of Franklin in regards to a young man (Matthew Wayne Sheppard) brutally murdered (homicide) in 1998.
When will the lies end for your candidate Trump stop? That you have the nerve to drag this young man's name, death, and memory through the trash to make yet another attempt to build him (Trump) up to gospel level. How dare you.
Where did you get this information? Jimenez the author of "Hidden Truths," an ally to the right-wing Christian fundamentalists and who is gay himself? This young man at the age was 21 was brutally pistol whipped, tortured (set on fire), tied to a fence in the freezing cold and left to die alone. The lovely young boys, McKinney (Matt's supposed sex partner) and Henderson, who did this heinous act, stated they gained his trust to "just" rob him that night. They killed him because he was an easy mark. They knew him, and they wanted his money, Hillarie. He was not out to make a drug deal that night. They were.
He was left on a fence for 18 hours suffering. He was found by a cyclist who thought it was a scarecrow. He was so brutally beaten and his face completely covered in blood, except where it was cleaned by his tears. He suffered fractures to the back of his head and in front of his right ear. He never regained consciousness and he died six days later.
He was student, a friend, a son, a brother and he was loved and he is missed every day by his family and friends. He also had AIDS. Will that help you more to slander his name? Did you also know that during a high school trip to Morocco he was beaten and raped? He suffered from depression, panic attacks, and became withdrawn. He also had issues with drugs from all the trauma he suffered,past and present.
In 2009 Congress passed the Shepard/Boyd Act. It is for hate crimes, not a drug deal gone wrong. He had $30 on him — such a small amount of money — and even when he handed it over to McKinney he continued to beat him. This was premeditated murder and both those charmers are now serving two consecutive life sentences. For the record, neither one of those two were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. And their two girlfriends were present for this act and did nothing to help stop it and were both charged with first-degree murder.
You should stick with writing your letters in protest against the Tilton store and their "abused" snapping turtle. Leave this deceased boy out of your ramblings, please. And who the hell cares if he was involved in drugs or not. He was viciously murdered, period. That is the point and nothing else should matter.
Denise C. Burke
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