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Bishop David O’Connell (CNS/Bob Roller)

A Catholic bishop in Southern California was found dead on Saturday of a gunshot wound, in an incident the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating as a murder. Source: Crux.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that Bishop David O’Connell was found inside a home in Hacienda Heights, 30 kilometres east of downtown Los Angeles, around 1 pm.

According to information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, homicide detectives responded to “a shooting death investigation”. A male adult victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene.

The block in question is a residential street lined with one-story ranch-style homes.

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez confirmed the death, saying Bishop O’Connell, who served in the city for 45 years as a priest and later a bishop, “passed away unexpectedly”.

“It is a shock and I have no words to express my sadness,” Archbishop Gomez said in a statement, calling Bishop O’Connell “a good friend”.

“Bishop Dave was a man of deep prayer who had a great love for Our Blessed Mother,” he said. “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 honoured and protected.”


Catholic bishop found dead of gunshot wound (Crux)

LA Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell shot and killed (CNA)