Rulon Stacey states that, around eleven-thirty, Matthew Shepard’s temperature began to drop. Matthew died, and Rulon rushed to the ICU to see his family. Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, hugged Rulon, and then he helped the family prepare a statement until four in the morning.
Rulon discusses how he worked with Matthew’s family after Matthew’s death to determine how to inform the media. This moment leads up to Rulon’s poignant tears while delivering the statement.