A bishop auxiliary to the Archdiocese Los Angeles Was fatally shot at According to police, he had been at home Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies responding to an emergency medical call found the Roman Catholic bishop, David O’Connell, at His home was shot in the head around 1:20 p.m. according to police.

He was declared dead at The authorities confirmed that the scene was clear. It was not immediately possible to determine the exact nature of the emergency call or the circumstances that led to it.

It Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said that it was investigating Bishop O’Connell’s death as a murder. Bishop O’Connell, 69, lived in Hacienda Heights, a suburban community in the San Gabriel Valley.

It Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.

In a statement, José H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, described Bishop O’Connell as a “peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant.”

Bishop O’Connell, who had served Los Angeles For 45 years “had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life was honored and protected,” Archbishop Gomez said.

Bishop O’Connell, who was born in County Cork, Ireland, on July 16, 1953, was appointed an auxiliary bishop in 2015. O’Connell was among five auxiliary bishops who supported Archbishop Gomez. according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He was studying for the priesthood. at All Hallows College, Dublin was the first college to be ordained by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said. He was a former pastor. at There are many parishes within the city. Los Angeles, including St. Michael’s and St. Frances X. Cabrini.

Bishop Robert Barron is a former Archdiocese of Bishops auxiliary bishop. Los Angeles He now works in Minnesota and said that he met him for the first time. Bishop O’Connell in September 2015, when they were both appointed on the same day as bishops.

Bishop O’Connell cared deeply for victims of social and racial injustice and spent most of his priesthood in South Central Los Angeles, Bishop Barron claimed.

A gifted storyteller, he had also a talent for illustrating stories. “delightful, playful sense of humor,” Bishop Barron added that Bishop O’Connell had even once performed at a comedy club’s open mic night.

He was “the kind of person that when he walked in the room, everyone felt better,” Bishop Barron claimed. “He just lifted everybody up.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in a statement This “Bishop O’Connell was an active member of our Conference and a champion for the poor” Who had led the anti-poverty effort in the past.

After becoming a bishop one month ago, Bishop O’Connell said in a July 2015 interview with The AngelusThe Archdiocese of Los AngelesThat being, a South Central pastor Los Angeles It was “the great joy of my life.”

“It’s been a great privilege, a great blessing to be given these parishes all these years, to be pastor all these years,” He stated. “The people have touched my heart the way they are sincere.”

Ruth Graham Contributed reporting