Breaking: BRPD makes arrest in Tigerland beating death

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge Police officers have made an arrest in connection to the beating death in Tigerland of Devin Repath, 26, a father of two, who died in March 2024.

Matthew Marsiglia, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is charged with one count of manslaughter. His bond has not been set at this time.

Investigators believe Marsiglia punched Devin Repath one time while in the parking lot of Fred’s Bar & Grill on March 23, 2024. However, Repath is accused of punching Marsiglia or someone in his group of friends, while inside the bar one time before the dispute moved outside.

An autopsy revealed Repath died from blunt force trauma to the head.

READ MORE: Autopsy reveals 26-yr-old died in Tigerland beating from blunt force trauma to the head

*A booking photo has not been provided at this time as Marsiglia is still in the process of being booked into prison*

Bloody bachelor party

Repath, who is from Avondale, was in Baton Rouge celebrating his friend’s bachelor party. The group went to an LSU baseball game before ending their night at Fred’s in Tigerland, according to Repath’s father, JP Repath.

Baton Rouge police believe a fight inside the bar spilled outside and that’s when the deadly punch was thrown. Sources tell UWK that Repath was punched one time while outside Fred’s and was knocked to the ground.

JP said his son was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in critical condition. Repath passed away around 10 a.m. Monday, March 25.

“This was the last thing I said to him”

Devin leaves behind his girlfriend and their 4-year-old and 6-month-old children. He was a groomsman in his friend’s wedding, and Devin and his family were set to attend the wedding in Mexico in a few weeks.

“This is so hard. I would have never, ever, ever, ever thought this would have happened. I mean, who I guess does? But Friday evening when he left to go to Baton Rouge, I said, ‘You know, come home safe. You have your kids to come home to safe.’ He told me, ‘I know that pops.’ That was the last thing I said to him,” said Repath.

“He was a special guy and he touched numerous lives,” said Repath.

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