Russell Henderson

CRT's 'The Laramie Project' Features Mansfield Native

Chester Martin is too young to remember the terrible events as they occurred on Oct. 6, 1998.

An E.O. Smith graduate and current UConn student, Martin was just five years old the night that Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard was just 21 years old.

Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, also young adults, were subsequently tried for Shepard's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Shepard's murder is commonly considered a homosexual hate crime.

Martin first encountered "The Laramie Project," a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder, as a member of E.O....