Even after 16 years the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.
In this case the narrative that we’re being urged not to forget has been rather extensively challenged. At the very least, Shepard’s death was shamelessly milked for its propaganda value by American proponents of hate crimes legislation.
That or, the circumstances of the case -as put forward by your link- showing that Americans were at the time completely correct in considering it a hate crime -despite the complexities emerging a full 15 years later- are being shamelessly misappropriated by American detractors of hate crime legislation.
Looks like they already forgot him.