Dennis and Judy were in Saudi Arabia, where Dennis was working at the time, when the hospital called to say Matt had been admitted with serious head injuries. There weren’t any details available at the moment other than that his condition was very critical and that they should come, so the pair began a long process to fly back. The information that it was being investigated as a hate crime came much later, first through people who had seen media reports while the Shepards were traveling. Needless to say, Dennis and Judy were in a state of confusion and shock—no one could explain what had happened, who was responsible, or why any of it had happened at all. That all came days later.