It is hard to believe a year will have passed on Dec. 29 since my sister, Julie Paskall, the “hockey mom,” was killed in Newton.
To everyone who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect; the supporters who rallied with the family; the City of Surrey; the hockey community; and those at the RCMP and Integrated Homicide Investigation Team who provided the commitment to the family, I would like to thank you.
I would also encourage the many people who have got behind the take-back-Newton program to help reduce crime in Surrey throughout the year. We must continue that effort, not only on the streets but in our homes, to ensure that our lives are not challenged with the same things again.
As far as the support from the media goes, thank you as well. Your diligence in keeping the event in profile while the suspect was found was appreciated.
This has been a year of firsts: birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, anniversary, Thanksgiving Day and now Christmas. It has been a difficult year for the family.
As we get closer to the new year, we wish everyone the very best and hope our futures together will be bright and full of joy.
Martin Ross, Surrey