‘Alcohol-fuelled altercation’ led to teen’s death, IHIT says

SOUTH SURREY – A community is in mourning following the shocking and seemingly random death of a popular 15-year-old Earl Marriott Secondary student in South Surrey early Saturday morning.


Surrey RCMP confirmed Sunday that Dario Bartoli had succumbed to injuries sustained during an apparent attack by a group of four or five people.


Bartoli was an avid skateboarder and BMX biker who was frequently seen at South Surrey’s Skate Park, where friends have erected memorials and spray-painted tributes in his memory.


It was roughly 2:30 a.m. Saturday that Bartoli was reportedly out with another boy, aged 14, in a wooded section on the southwest side of Bakerview Park at 154th Street and 18th Avenue when they were attacked by a group of people.


After fleeing their attackers, the two arrived at a house in the 15600-block of 18th Avenue, from which Bartoli was transported to Peace Arch Hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries shortly after 10 a.m.


IHIT Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound said while investigators have spoken with some friends and witnesses, there are many more the team need to reach and police are asking anyone who might have details about the murder to come forward.


"There is much rumour 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," said Pound, who added the scene was likely "dynamic" and the incident happened quickly.


Police have yet to confirm if or what weapons were involved or the size of the suspect group but wouldn’t classify the incident as a swarming. "Early indications support the theory that this was an alcohol-fuelled altercation between two groups that turned tragic," said Pound. "The IHIT require time to gather the evidence based on the facts and not rumour or speculation, for that, we are asking for the public’s support in bringing information forward."


IHIT is asking anyone with information to call 1-877-551-4448.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

‘There is community’: B.C. councillor welcomes new baby into world amid COVID-19 pandemic

‘I realize there’s much more than fear and worry… there is hope, there is new life’: Jason Lum

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

Most Read