Catholic Bishop David O’Connell of Los Angeles was shot and killed on Saturday.
Police responded to his home in Hacienda Heights at 1 a.m. Saturday and pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Angeles News reported:
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez gave the update to parishioners gathered for Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Feb. 19, a day after the Irish-born bishop was found dead at his residence in Hacienda Heights. A statement was also released to the press on Sunday morning.
“We continue to pray for Bishop Dave and his family in Ireland, and we pray for law enforcement officials as they continue to investigate this terrible crime,” he added.
We offer our deepest condolences to our sisters and brothers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the tragic loss of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell. #rip #Bishop O’Connell pic.twitter.com/vmtxNfTfyf
— Carmelite Quotes @carmelitequotes (@carmelitequotes) February 19, 2023
ABC News reported:
A Catholic bishop known as a “peacemaker” was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Saturday, officials said.
Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, who was a priest and then a bishop with the church for 45 years, died “unexpectedly,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in a statement.
He was known as a “man of deep prayer,” Gomez said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they responded to the Hacienda Heights neighborhood around 1 p.m., where an adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. Los Angeles ABC station KABC confirmed to police that O’Connell was shot and killed.