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Candlelight vigil for slain hockey mom

Letter writers are fed up with crime in their communities. Julie Paskall (above) was killed outside Newton Arena last month. - Leader file photo
Letter writers are fed up with crime in their communities. Julie Paskall (above) was killed outside Newton Arena last month.
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A candlelight vigil is being held tomorrow (Saturday) in memory of slain hockey mom, Julie Paskall.

Surrey Minor Hockey has organized the vigil for between 5 and 6 p.m. at Holland Park, at 13428 Old Yale Road.

At 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 53-year-old Julie Paskall was waiting to pick up her 16-year-old son who was volunteering as a referee at a tournament near the Newton Ice Rink at 7120 136B St.

The longtime time-keeper with Surrey Minor Hockey was waiting in the parking lot when someone clubbed her in the head and beat her with a blunt object.

She died on Dec. 31.

Police believe the killer, who is still on the loose, may be the same person who attacked a woman getting off a bus at the Newton bus exchange on Dec. 16. The Surrey RCMP did not send out a public release about that attack because they didn't believe it was severe enough or represented a trend.

After Paskall's murder, Surrey RCMP warned the public to be careful.

"Due to the circumstances of this tragic incident, we are asking the public to be extra vigilant," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said after Paskall's murder. "It is important that people are aware of their surroundings when they are out and that they keep their valuables concealed. Walk with a friend whenever possible, particularly after dark."

The warning did little to calm the nerves of Newton residents.

The Newton Community Association organized a forum for concerned residents after the killing, an event where people called for several measures.

The group called for more police, by way of foot and bike patrols; enhanced community policing; better communication with city workers and private companies; and closed circuit surveillance cameras.

The public is welcome to attend Saturday's vigil. Minor hockey teams are encouraged to wear their team jerseys and battery-operated tea lights are encouraged.

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