(NBC) It’s been 20 years since Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old openly gay college student, was abducted and killed in Wyoming.

On Oct. 26, he will finally be laid to rest.

Shepard’s ashes will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral after a service to celebrate and remember his life.

Shepard’s parents picked the Cathedral as his final resting place because he loved the Episcopal Church and felt welcomed at one he attended in Wyoming.

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