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Brutal attack on mother in Surrey

Update - 2:35 p.m.

The woman who was badly beaten in a seemingly random attack while picking up her son at a Surrey hockey arena Sunday night is not expected to survive.

The 53-year-old woman was found unconscious in the parking lot of the Newton Arena by first responders and RCMP around 9:30 p.m. Initial findings suggest she was attacked and suffered life-threatening injuries.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has now been called in to take over the case, which authorities say bears similarities to an attack on another woman in the same area earlier this month.

IHIT Sgt. Adam MacIntosh said the latest attack appears to be unprovoked and was possibly motivated by robbery.

Mounties are warning women to be extra vigilant, and walk with a friend whenever possible, especially after dark.

"It is important that people are aware of their surroundings when they are out and that they keep their valuables concealed," Const. Bert Paquet said in a statement.

RCMP also addressed the issue of robbery, telling people to "give the perpetrator all the property they want" if they are approached and verbally or physically threatened.


Original Story 12:45 p.m.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in to probe a brutal attack in Surrey.

CTV News has learned that a mother picking up her son from the arena at the Newton Recreation Centre Sunday night was apparently beaten in a robbery.

It is believed the victim, a 53-year-old woman, is in hospital with life-threatening injuries. She is not expected to survive.

Homicide detectives have taken over the case and are expected to provide an update Monday afternoon.

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