A charge of murder was entered against the 27-year-old Saturday morning through B.C.'s Justice Centre, hours before the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team's planned 2 p.m. PT announcement regarding developments in the case.
IHIT said in a statement Friday night that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of 53-year-old Juklie Paskall.
Paskall was brutally assaulted in the parking lot of the Newton Arena while waiting to pick up her teenage son, Cailean, who was refereeing a hockey game the night of Dec. 29 last year.
She was taken to hospital where she was put on life-support but she died days later, on New Year's Eve.
Police at the time described the attack as a robbery gone wrong.
Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode says since Paskall's death, there has been a huge push to ensure more personal safety in the neighbourhood.
"It has changed the community in sense of the community coming together and wanting to make positive change," she said.
Those changes include increased RCMP patrols in the area, and new lights and security cameras in public spaces.
Doug Elford, speaking on behalf of the Newton Community Association, pressed for more to be done but says news of the arrest is making some feel safer already.
"It's a big sense of relief. It's something we've been looking forward to for a very long time in this community," he said.
Paskall's family is expected to be at today's police press conference.
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