Homicide investigators have announced an arrest connected to the December 2013 slaying of a 53-year-old hockey mom, a crime that shocked Surrey, B.C., and led many to question the city’s safety.
Paskall, 53, was waiting for her 14-year-old son outside the Newton Arena near 71 Avenue and 136B Street on Dec. 29, 2013 when she was attacked and clubbed in the head with a blunt object.
She died in hospital Dec. 31, leaving behind her husband Al, teenage son and two adult daughters.
At the time, police said they believed the killer might have been the same person who attacked a woman in the same neighbourhood just weeks earlier.
Since Paskall’s murder, police presence, including bike patrols, has been boosted in the Newton neighbourhood around the arena and bus loop.
Paskall was a longtime time keeper with Surrey Minor Hockey. Her son was working as a referee on the evening Julie was killed. A trust fund was established to assist the family.
The arrest came on the same day as a concert in Paskall’s honour benefiting Variety The Children’s Charity was planned in Vancouver.