The Washington National Cathedral unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Matthew Shepard by artist Kelly Latimore last week. The painting was commissioned by the LGBTQ+ members of the Cathedral staff artist, according to a news release.

In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student at the University of Wyoming, was murdered in an antigay hate crime. The cathedral said the work is the only artistic image of Shepard composed in cooperation with his family.

The image’s background was created by letters from supportive parents that Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis, received after his murder. Latimore said, “We used different clippings to create an almost mosaic of those letters and kind of precious and meaningful words to surround Matthew and the portrait of him.”