Los Angeles Catholic Biship David O’Connell was shot and killed on Saturday.
Police responded to his home in Hacienda Heights at 1 PM on Saturday and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bishop O’Connell spent more than four decades serving Los Angeles’ inner city has been shot dead at the age of 69.
Police are investigating O’Connell’s death as a murder.
Bishop O’Connell was a guiding light for so many, and his legacy will continue to live on.
You are not alone in your grief and that @lasdhq is here to support you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we are working diligently to seek those responsible for his death. pic.twitter.com/cIBzvzx0km
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 19, 2023
Angeles News reported:
Archbishop José H. Gomez gave the update to parishioners gathered for Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Feb. 19, one day after the Irish-born bishop was found dead at his residence in Hacienda Heights. A statement was also released to news media Sunday morning.
“We continue to pray for Bishop Dave, and for his family in Ireland, and we pray for law enforcement officials as they continue their investigation into this terrible crime,” he added.
We extend our deepest sympathy to our sisters and brothers of the Los Angeles Archdiocese on the tragic loss of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell #rip #BishopOConnell pic.twitter.com/vmtxNfTfyf
— Carmelite Quotes @carmelitequotes (@carmelitequotes) February 19, 2023
ABC News reported:
A long-serving Catholic bishop known as a “peacemaker” was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Saturday, officials said.
Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, who had been a priest and then a bishop during his 45 years with the church, died “unexpectedly,” José H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, said in a statement.
He’d been known as a “man of deep prayer,” Gomez said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it responded at about 1 p.m. to the Hacienda Heights neighborhood, where an adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. Los Angeles ABC station KABC confirmed with police that O’Connell had been shot and killed.