Matthew Shepard: The legacy of a gay college student 20 years after his brutal murder https://abcnews.go.com/US/matthew-shepard-legacy-gay-college-student-20-years/story?id=58242426 "I want people to remember that he was a person, that he was more than this icon in the photograph and the stories," Judy Shepard said. "He was just, he was a 21-year-old college student who drank too much, who smoked too much and didn't go to class enough. Just like every other 21-year-old college student. He had flaws. He was smart, funny. People just were drawn to him. And there was a great loss not just to us, but to all his friends. And people who hadn't met him yet."