Aburn Players Community Theater is presenting an emotional and powerful show called “The Laramie Project.”

It’s a documentary-style play that tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a young college student who was beaten and pistol-whipped before being tied to fence in Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die.

Shepard was gay and his attackers allegedly lured him by pretending they were, too – to gain his trust so they could rob him. The attack left Shepard on life support and after six days, he died.

It happened in 1998 but remains one of the most well-known hate crimes in recent American history.

Click HERE to read more and watch the segment from BRIDGE STREET TV