Murdered Surrey mom’s family speaks out for the first time about their loss

The family of murdered Surrey mother Julie Paskall is speaking out for the first time since the 53-year-old was attacked outside the Newton Recreation Centre.

Her husband Al, married to Julie for 34 years, says he wakes up every day hoping everything was just a bad dream.

“Every morning, thinking she’s still there. I wake up every morning thinking she’s still there. She’s gotta be there,” he says, holding back tears.”It’s a very harsh way to lose the person you love. So much.”

Julie leaves behind three children, two adult daughters and a 16-year-old son. One of her daughters, Rhiannon, says her mother was everything to her.

“My mom was my hero, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her,” she says. “She taught me to walk, multiple times, she taught me to talk, she taught me everything. She was so amazing, I phoned her every day to tell her everything.”

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Al says someone must know something about what happened to his wife.

“They have no idea what they’ve done,” he says. “They have no idea who they’ve taken from us. They’ve taken this family and cut its heart out. That’s what they’ve done.”

“We need people that have seen anything, heard anything, or even think they heard or seen anything, to go to the police and let them know what they seen or heard. Anything that helps put that person behind bars to get him off the streets so he doesn’t do this to anybody else. Please, please.”

A trust fund has been set up to help the family if anyone would like to make a donation.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is currently investigating dozens of tips from the public, but no information on a possible suspect has been released.

Surrey RCMP and crime investigators have spent the past few days combing the neighbourhood for more information. Surrey RCMP have also set up a command centre outside the Newton Rec. Centre.

IHIT is asking anyone with information on who was in the area of the Newton Arena, Newton bus loop and the Newton Wave pool between 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. on December 29 and may have seen any suspicious activities, persons or vehicle to call the tipline at 1-877-551-4448.

Since the attack the issue of security in the Newton area has been at the forefront of many peoples’ minds.

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A meeting has been organized for Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Newton Senior’s Centre. Anyone is welcome to attend to find out what can be done to help residents be safe.

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