Boy, 15, killed in Surrey assault

Police say Dario Bartoli was swarmed and killed Saturday morning.

Police protect a crime scene where a boy

Police protect a crime scene where a boy

A 15-year-old boy is dead after an altercation in South Surrey on the weekend.

Police have now identified the boy who was swarmed and killed Saturday morning as Dario Bartoli.

Police responded to a call of a disturbance in the 15600-block of 18 Avenue at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning after two boys, 14 and 15 years old, were assaulted by four to five others.

Police and emergency health services arrived and Bartoli was taken to hospital. His injuries were critical and as a result the ambulance was diverted to Peace Arch Hospital.

Surrey Serious Crime took over conduct of the investigation, the parents were notified and Surrey RCMP Victim Services engaged with the family.

At about 10:20 a.m., Bartoli died.

On Facebook, Dario is listed as a Surrey resident and student at Earl Marriott Secondary School. He was an avid fan of skateboarding.

As a result of the fatality, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct of the investigation.

The investigation is in its early stages. Surrey Detachment will be actively involved with IHIT in determining who the suspect group is. Although a motive at this time is unclear, the RCMP priority is to speak with witnesses to determine what led to this homicide.

It is Surrey’s 16th homicide of the year.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the RCMP at 604-599-0502604-599-0502 , or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-84771-800-222-8477(TIPS).

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