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Julie Paskall Vigil Draws Hundreds To Surrey's Holland Park

01/19/2014 07:16 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
The Canadian Press

A vigil for slain hockey mom Julie Paskall drew hundreds of people to Surrey's Holland Park on Saturday night.

"We used to respect and love each other and take care of each other," her husband Al Paskall told CBC News. "I don't know what's happened. It's not the world I once knew. You always read about it in the paper and think it's never you. And it's not you. And then it is you."

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Julie Paskall Vigil

Al Paskall and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts both addressed the somber crowd, The Vancouver Sun reports.

Paskall was found after being brutally attacked in the parking lot outside Surrey's Newton Arena on Dec. 29 and died two days later in hospital. The tragedy shocked the community and has many calling for a crime crackdown.

“We all know what Newton is like, it’s a terrible area," community member Bill Hoadley told News1130 prior to the vigil. "There was a girl that was attacked two weeks before that in the same area, why didn't they do anything about this? Why does it always have to lead to somebody being killed before anything gets done.”