A 53-year-old Surrey hockey mom has not survived a vicious assault in the Newton area.
Julie Paskall, who has two adult daughters and a 16-year-old son, was found in the parking lot of the Newton Recreation Centre on 72 Avenue on December 29. She was rushed to hospital with serious injuries at 9:30 p.m. that night.
The Mounties issued a news release yesterday saying she wasn't expected to survive and that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had seized control of the investigation.
It follows an assault on a female in the same area on December 16.
In both cases, robbery may have been a factor in the crimes.
Police have said that "although the motive appears similar these two occurrences have not definitively been linked".
"Due to the circumstances of this tragic incident, we are asking the public to be extra vigilant," RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said in yesterday's news release. "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."