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As Phillip Shepard, front, talks to reporters, his wife, Judy, back, tries to slip away from the pack after the couple met with Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins following the Nets' 112-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Shepard's son, Matthew, was killed as part of an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

As Phillip Shepard, front, talks to reporters, his wife, Judy, back, tries to slip away from the pack after the couple met with Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins following the Nets' 112-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Shepard's son, Matthew, was killed as part of an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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