A prominent Los Angeles Catholic official, who served the community for over four decades, was fatally shot Saturday morning in California.
David O’Connell, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was found in Hacienda Height with an extremely severe gunshot wound on his upper torso. dead, according to CBS Los Angeles.
He was 69 years of age.
Archbishop José H. Gomez released a statement on O’Connell’s death early Saturday morning, saying he had “passed away unexpectedly.”
“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 was honored and protected,” Gomez said.
“He was also a good friend, and I will miss him greatly. I know we all will.”
The shooting was viewed as suspicious and detectives have yet to release any details about the suspect. according to the outlet.
“It’s very early in the investigation,” said LASD Homicide Bureau Detective Michael Modica. “We got a lot more steps we have to take to make more determination to what’s happening.”
O’Connell had been a part of the LA Catholic community in 45 years after he was first ordained a priest. Pope Francis appointed O’Connell Auxiliary Bishop 2015
Born in Ireland, O’Connell studied for the priesthood at All Hallows College Before moving to California, he lived in Dublin. He was also an associate pastor in several churches after he had been ordained. LA parishes.
The Bishop His involvement in immigration reform in California was significant. He served as chairman of the Interdiocesan Southern California Immigration Task Force. This group assists children and their families from Central America.
“I was very sad to learn of the passing of Bishop O’Connell,” said Janice HahnThe Chair of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “He was a longtime friend. He was a great friend and colleague, both as a member of the City Council and later again as Supervisor.
“I join with Archbishop Gomez and the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in mourning his loss.”