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TONIGHT: San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard walk

SAN DIEGO, California -- The annual San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard walk, ceremony and celebration is scheduled for tonight beginning at 7.

Since 2008, San Diego Remembers has held an event in October to remember the life of Shepard and all others whose lives have been lost to hate violence. Shepard was a young gay college student in Wyoming who was brutally murdered in 1998 because of his sexual orientation.

This year's event is themed "Bridging the gap" and is intended to bring together all of the different generations of people in the community to work together to stand up against hate.

Community members are invited to meet at 7 pm at the John Wear Memorial Hate Crimes Plaque located on the sidewalk in front of 1029 University Ave. (near Obelisk Shoppe) in Hillcrest.

Following brief remarks, a candlelit vigil will proceed down University Avenue toward The San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., for a program at 8 pm. The program will include an LGBT history timeline presentation, remarks by community activists Tracie Jada O'Brien, Fernando Lopez, Ben Cartwright, Rick Cervantes, and youth from the Hillcrest Youth Center.

At 9 pm, community members are invited to Baja Betty's, 1421 University Ave., for a celebration.

Candles will be available but community members are encouraged to bring their own. Purple attire is suggested.

Additional information is HERE. Those posting to Social Media are encouraged to use the hashtag #SDRemembers.