Arrest made in murder of B.C. hockey mom

A mourner places a picture of murdered hockey mom Julie Paskall amidst lit candles during her...

A mourner places a picture of murdered hockey mom Julie Paskall amidst lit candles during her candlelight vigil in Surrey, B.C., on January 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 PM ET

Police have charged a man for allegedly beating a woman to death in Surrey, B.C., as she waited to pick her son up from a hockey tournament.

Julie Paskall, 53, a mother of three, was found beaten in the parking lot of the Newton Arena on Dec. 29, 2013. She died in hospital two days later.

B.C.’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Friday they have charged Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, with second-degree murder for “what appeared to be an unprovoked attack and a possible crime of opportunity.”

“Every murder is a tragedy,” Chief Superintendent Bill Ford said in a statement issued Friday.

“Julie’s death not only had a devastating impact on her family and friends, the community of Newton, the City of Surrey, but also the hockey community across the country.

“There was never any doubt in my mind that I would one day be standing shoulder to shoulder with Supt. (Kevin) Hackett announcing that we had arrived at a place where somebody has been charged.”

Gopaul, who is from Surrey, was arrested Friday and will make his first court appearance May 26.

 


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