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Man dies amid brawl at wedding in downtown Philly

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man was charged in connection with a large brawl that broke out among people attending two different wedding receptions in downtown Philadelphia during the weekend, police said Monday.

The fight, which was caught on video and quickly spread online, happened early Sunday at a hotel in the Society Hill neighborhood and involved dozens of people in their formal attire. A 57-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack outside the reception, police said, but authorities don't know if he was involved in the fights. Dozens of police were called in to attempt to control the melee.

One of the people involved, Matthew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., was being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and other counts in connection with the fight, said Lt. Raymond Evers, a Philadelphia police spokesman. A message left at a telephone listing for Sofka was not immediately returned.

The investigation is continuing and police expect more arrests in the future, Evers said. Investigators don't know what started the brawl, but alcohol was involved; two other people were cited for disorderly conduct.

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