B.C. woman dies following vicious attack outside rink

Investigators believe the attack was random

SURREY, B.C. – Police say a British Columbia hockey mom who was viciously attacked outside a Surrey hockey rink has died.

Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Julie Paskall succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the attack on Sunday night outside the Newton Arena.

Paskall’s family had gathered at her bedside to say goodbye Tuesday, but police said from the outset that she was not expected to survive.

Police suspect the 53-year-old mother of three was the victim of a random robbery as she waited for her referee son to finish officiating a minor hockey game.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance tape and appealed for public assistance to identify a suspect.

There have been two dozen homicides in Surrey in 2013, a record high that prompted the mayor to launch a task force last month.