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Cops identify alleged wedding brawler

The one party goer who was arrested and held overnight by police after an all-out brawl at a Society Hill wedding has been identified as Matthew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J.

Cops identify alleged wedding brawler

Matthew Sofka, from Facebook
Matthew Sofka, from Facebook
Video: Brawl at Society Hill wedding

The one party goer who was arrested and held overnight by police after an all-out brawl at a Society Hill wedding this weekend has been identified as Matthew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J.

On his Facebook page, Sofka says that he likes Bud Light and "The Hangover II." Sofka spent much of his Sunday recovering from his own hangover in a prison cell, according to police.

Sofka was charged with assault on police, inciting a riot and related offenses for his part in a massive melee involving two wedding parties and police early Sunday morning at the Society Hill Sheraton.

Two other men, both in their late 20s, were give summary citations for disorderly conduct. Their names have not been released.

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A man reported to be the uncle of the bride died of a heart attack following the fight. It's unclear if he was involved in any of the altercations.

Hotel guests estimated that between 50 and 100 cops showed up to control 50 to 100 party goers from two separate weddings who were fighting each other and amongst themselves for unknown reasons. Police and hotel guests said the fights appeared to be fueled by alcohol.

Max Schultz, 15, of Camp Hill, captured part of the melee on a video he posted to YouTube which, as of this morning, had more than 532,000 views.

In the video, a police officer can be seen hitting Sofka three times with his baton. Sofka was then Tasered off camera, according to police.

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