THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team on Monday once again appealed to witnesses to come forward in the murder of Dario Bartoli, 15, who was assaulted by a group of people on Saturday morning on 18th Avenue and died in hospital.
Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound said that while the IHIT have spoken with some associates and witnesses, there are many more that they need to reach and were asking all individuals who have details in regards to this murder to come forward.
She added: “There is much rumor and speculation as to what occurred the evening Dario was killed and for that reason we ask individuals who have information to come to police before turning to social media.”
Pound said: “We know the scene was dynamic and the incident happened quickly. We have yet to confirm if or what weapons were involved or the size of the suspect group. To classify this as a “swarming” is premature.”
She added: “Early indications support the theory that this was an alcohol fuelled altercation between two groups that turned tragic. The IHIT require time to gather the evidence based on the facts and not rumor or speculation, for that, we are asking for the public’s support in bringing information forward.”
An autopsy is scheduled this week to assist us in determining the cause and means of death.
SURREY RCMP received a report on Saturday (December 13) at about 2:40 a.m. that two teenage males, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, fled to a residence in the 15600 block of 18th Avenue after having been assaulted by a group of four to five people.
Police and emergency health services attended and the 15-year-old male was transported to hospital. The teen’s injuries were critical and as a result the ambulance was diverted to Peace Arch Hospital.
Surrey Serious Crime took over conduct of the investigation, the parents were notified and Surrey RCMP Victim Services engaged with the family.
Police said that at about 10:20 a.m., the 15-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries. The IHIT took over conduct of the investigation.
IHIT is asking anyone with information to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448, or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.