Detectives Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Death Of LA Catholic Bishop

A beloved Catholic bishop was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Saturday.

A report from KABC-TV found that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department determined the death of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell occurred shortly before 1 p.m.

The Bishop was discovered with a gunshot wound in the upper part of his chest and was determined dead at the scene. LAPD has identified the death as “suspicious.”

“This incident is being handled as a murder investigation. There is no additional information available at this time,” the department said, per the Los Angeles Times.

“Father V,” a Twitter user whose bio states, “I am a Catholic man and a priest,” created a post on Twitter honoring the late David O’Connell, noting that he is well-known for his charitable work, pro-life activism, and uncompromising faith.

“May this faithful servant of Christ rest in eternal peace with Him,” Father V wrote.

According to The Washington Post, the sheriff’s department put out a statement on the matter, saying, “We can only imagine how the community is suffering because of this senseless murder.”

Archbishop José H. Gomez commented that O’Connell’s passing was “a shock and I have no words to express my sadness,” per KABC.

“As a priest and later a bishop here in Los Angeles for forty-five years, Bishop Dave was a man of deep prayer who had a great love for Our Blessed Mother. He was a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant, and he had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life were honored and protected,” Gomez said.

Gomez added, “He was also a good friend, and I will miss him greatly. I know we all will. Please join me in praying for Bishop Dave and for his family in Ireland. May Our Lady of Guadalupe wrap him in the mantle of her love, and may the angels lead him into paradise, and may he rest in peace.”

A vigil honoring the late bishop was held on Saturday.

Parishioner Glendy Perez reportedly stated O’Connell “was a humble soul.”

“He was not the type that would have confrontations with nobody. He was very loving… When you would attend his ceremonies, it was like a gift of healing.”

O’Connell, who was born in Ireland in 1953, began his service for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1979.