BRITISH COLUMBIA
05/23/2014 08:21 EDT | Updated 05/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Julie Paskall Murder Investigation Results In Arrest

Police in B.C. have arrested a man in the death of Julie Paskall, a mother of three who was beaten in the parking lot of an arena last year.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Friday that an arrest has been made but no charges have yet been laid. However, it is not releasing more details until a news conference scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Paskall, 53, was picking up her son from hockey in Surrey on Dec. 29 when she was attacked in an apparent robbery attempt. She died in hospital two days later on New Year's Eve.

The random attack rattled the city, southeast of Vancouver, and led to demands for better policing.

The news came the same day that a memorial concert was being held in Vancouver.

Paskall was a longtime community volunteer and had been married to her husband, Al, for 34 years. At a vigil, he called her "the love of my life."

Al Paskall told Global News that he's happy to hear of the arrest: “Obviously that I just have in the back of my mind thinking when we get him convicted and we know it’s him… then it’ll be settled for me. But until then… it doesn’t bring my wife back, doesn’t help my family any. But it hopefully gets him off the streets so he doesn’t hurt anybody else — that was the main thing.”

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