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Alcohol likely factor in Surrey death

By Jane Deacon

Dario Bartoli, 15, died from injuries early Saturday morning after an assault in Surrey, believed to involve four to five individuals. 
(Photo submitted)

Dario Bartoli, 15, died from injuries early Saturday morning after an assault in Surrey, believed to involve four to five individuals. (Photo submitted)

The death of 15-year-old Surrey teen was likely an “alcohol-fuelled altercation” between two groups, says B.C.’s homicide team.

But it’s still too early to determine whether the tragic incident was a swarming, as some have speculated, said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

“The IHIT require time to gather the evidence based on the facts and not rumour or speculation,” Pound said in a release.

Dario Bartoli, 15, and a friend fled to a house after being assaulted by four to five individuals early Saturday morning, report RCMP. Bartoli, a student at Earl Marriott Secondary School, died from injuries within hours at Peace Arch Hospital.

The injuries of the second boy, 14, are unknown at this time.

Bartoli’s death marks the 16th homicide in Surrey this year. The city’s total number of murders reached 25 in 2013, accounting for just under half of the incidents in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

IHIT is asking anyone with information on Saturday morning’s incident to call the tipline at 1-877-551-4448. 

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