VANCOUVER - A Surrey, B.C., mom died in hospital Tuesday after being attacked outside a local rink while waiting to pick up her son from a hockey tournament on the weekend.
Julie Paskall, 53, a mother of three, was attacked about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and found unconscious in the parking lot of the Newton Arena in Surrey, just east of Vancouver.
"The motive for this unprovoked attack remains robbery with both IHIT (integrated homicide investigation team) and the Surrey RCMP continuing to work toward finding out who is responsible," Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of IHIT said.
Police said the assault on Paskall is similar to a Dec. 16 attack on a female in the same area.
Surrey RCMP are investigating the previous assault "and although the motive appears similar these two occurrences have not definitively been linked," police said in a news release.
Harbs Bains, president of the Surrey Minor Hockey Association, said Paskall was a longtime, "wonderful" volunteer for the organization.
"It was my understanding that her son was volunteering at the tournament and she was there to pick him up," Bains said. "This is just terrible."
Surrey police issued a warning Monday in the wake of the attack.
"Due to the circumstances of this tragic incident, we are asking the public to be extra vigilant," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said in a news release.