You May Now Deck the Bride: Wedding Brawl in Philadelphia Leaves One Dead

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The day some people dream of their whole lives turned into a nightmare early Sunday morning, when two wedding parties at a Philadelphia hotel started a chaotic brawl that left one man dead.

Police were called to the scene, NBC reports, after two separate quarrels between wedding guests at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel bar escalated into a full-blown melee around 2 a.m. More than a dozen officers entered the hotel, using batons and Tasers to subdue the fighting. A cellphone video recording from 15-year-old boy Max Schultz shows policemen swinging at guests with their batons. “Did they just deck the bride?” the boy asks as shrieks fill the lobby. “They just decked the bride.” Schultz was at the hotel celebrating his birthday and wasn’t one of the wedding guests, according to NBC.

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“There were tons of people, probably 75 to 100 people,” Schultz said. Two men in their late 20s were issued summary citations for disorderly conduct, while a third is still in jail. He’s expected to be charged with assault on a police officer. “There was an issue with a lot of alcohol fueling the fight,” police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

But the wedding-day headache didn’t stop there. As the fight carried on, a 57-year-old believed to be one bride’s uncle was pronounced dead of a heart attack later that evening. The man, Vincent Sannuti. who police say did not take part in the brawl, was found unconscious outside of the wedding venue, the Inquirer reports. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

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jfish09
jfish09

This headline is misleading. According to the article, the brawl did not leave one person dead. Police reported that the man who died wasn't even involved. Headlines like this make me think less of Time and it's integrity. If I keep seeing headlines like this, I'll begin to disregard what Time has to say. I'll make a point of not purchasing the magazine and I won't visit the site anymore. 

aignerad
aignerad

How can you start a story with "You May Now Deck the Bride: Wedding Brawl in Philadelphia Leaves One Dead

Shame on you for creating a sensationalized first paragraph in your story just to encourage readers to read your story. In your own story, it states further down that the "brawl" did not leave the man dead. So that lead-in by you is intentionally MISleading. You specifically state that he did not even participate in the brawl, and that he was found dead outside the hotel of an apparent heart attack.  You with all your education and experience should know better. I have been a publisher and journalist for more than 40 years and I'm glad I don't feel I need to lie or use semantics to get readers.

aignerad
aignerad

How can you start a story with " You May Now Deck the Bride: Wedding Brawl in Philadelphia Leaves One Dead", then run in a paragraph further down in the story that an uncle of the bride, who did not participate in the brawl, was found dead of an apparent heart attack outside the hotel? Shame on you for sensationalizing just to get more readers. You with your education and experience should know much, better. I am also a female publisher and journalist of 40 years experience and know that just plain good writing negates the need for sensationalism. The "brawl" did not leave the man dead. Terri Aigner

ALLxIN
ALLxIN

Looks to me like the real chaos ensued as a result of those hired thugs called POLICE>

Emerald
Emerald

Another case of excessive response.  I never heard a bull horn calling for calm, but the cops begin by using tazers and billy clubs?  How can the group be dispersed when the cops immediately join in the malee?   The inmates are guarding the insane asylum....