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By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Police search for evidence Monday, Dec. 31, 213, around the Newton Arena after a 53-year-old Surrey, B.C. woman was found beaten in the parking lot Sunday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

Police search for evidence Monday, Dec. 31, 213, around the Newton Arena after a 53-year-old Surrey, B.C. woman was found beaten in the parking lot Sunday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

A 53-year-old Surrey mother of three beaten during an apparent robbery at the Newton Arena has died, police said Tuesday.

IHIT identified the woman as Julie Paskall of Surrey, who was attacked Sunday night. She was at the arena to pick up her son, who was volunteering at a hockey tournament.

IHIT, which is in charge of the investigation into the attack, said surveillance videos are being reviewed. According to IHIT, police arrived at the arena at about 9:30 p.m. to find an unconscious female in the parking lot. IHIT said the assault has similarities to an attack on a female in the same area on Dec. 16. Surrey RCMP are investigating the previous incident “and although the motive appears similar these two occurrences have not definitively been linked,” said a news release.

"IHIT is in the early stages of this investigation and this attack appears to be an unprovoked, random attack with a possible motive being robbery,” Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of IHIT said on Monday.

Harbs Bains, president of the Surrey Minor Hockey Association, said Paskall was a longtime, “wonderful” volunteer for the organization.

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. "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."

IHIT is asking anyone with information or who was in the area between 7 and 11 p.m. on Sunday, and may have seen any suspicious activities, to call 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. 

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