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Planning begins for 5th annual San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard event

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Remembers is gearing up to plan its fifth annual remembrance of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was killed in 1998 because he was gay.

The group began organizing the yearly march and vigil in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of Shepard's death out of concern that the horrendous crime was slipping from the public's memory. Organizers hope that by remembering Shepard and others who have been victim of hate violence, community members will be inspired to get involved with organizations and initiatives to stand up against hate.

This year's event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Hillcrest, and include a candlelit vigil followed by a program at The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Community members are welcome to be involved in the planning process and the first meeting for this year's event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 pm. Location of the meeting will provided upon RSVP.

Those interested in participating or who would like more information may contact Benny Cartwright at benny.bc.cartwright@gmail.com or at 619-316-9197.

More information about San Diego Remembers is available online or Facebook.