At memorial service, loved ones remember slain Rensselaer County couple; DA still working to extradite alleged killer

Posted at: 07/12/2013 6:28 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 6:39 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

SCHAGTICOKE -- Family and friends of the couple fatally beaten outside their home on July 4 attended a memorial service Friday at Hoosic Valley Community Church on State Route 40.

Anthony Repp, 22, bludgeoned his mother, Cynthia Matala, 58, and his step-father, Michael Matala, 62, on the front lawn of their home, State Police said. Repp then hopped a freight train to Massachusetts, where he was arrested the next day and remains in jail.

"I just really thought I'd have more time with her," Cynthia's daughter, Jamie Young, told NewsChannel 13. "I'm just still waiting for her to call me and just tell me that it's not true."

Cynthia worked in the bakery department at the Hannaford supermarket in Lansingburgh, her loved ones said. She was an animal lover who enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Michael was a U.S. Army veteran and former logger who drove trucks for Warren W. Fane in Spiegeltown, according to his obituary. He loved to hunt and fish.

They married in 2005.

"They just had a beautiful relationship," Cynthia's daughter, Kerri Young, said. "For the first time in her life, she was loved unconditionally... and we were all so happy that she finally found love."

The alleged killer, Repp, waived extradition from Massachusetts. Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally said he is is seeking a governor's warrant to extradite Repp back to New York.

A grand jury may get the case as early as next week, even before Repp's return.

"The grand jury's standard is reasonable cause," McNally said. "I think a grand jury will have no difficulty seeing the evidence in this case."

McNally said he is pushing for two counts of first degree murder. If convicted, Repp could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities have declined to comment on the motive for the deadly attack.

Repp's sister, Jamie Young, said she could not believe her brother was responsible. She said she is thinking of him.

"If he is able to see this," she said through tears, looking directly at a NewsChannel 13 camera, "he's in my prayers for his soul to be saved."