Al Paskall

Al Paskall

Arrest made in murder of Surrey hockey mom Julie Paskall

Man from Ontario charged with second-degree murder in the case.

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Surrey mom Julie Paskall (left), who was killed late last year.

An Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) news conference Saturday afternoon announced an arrest and charges in the case.

Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

The man, who was residing in Surrey at the time of the murder, moved to the city from Brampton, Ontario just eight weeks before.

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.

 

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