An auxiliary bishop with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was shot to death on Saturday afternoon in Hacienda Heights.
Bishop David O’Connell was born in County Cork, in 1953 and studied for the priesthood at All Hallows College in Dublin. He was ordained to serve in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1979, according to Angelus News.
The Bishop was a “popular priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for many years known for his work ministering to immigrants, the poor, and victims of gun violence in South LA,” Catholic News Agency reported.
The shooting happened around 1 p.m. inside a home in the 1500 block of Janlu Avenue in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, local media said.
Archbishop José Gomez said: “I am very sad this afternoon to report that our beloved Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell has passed away unexpectedly.”
“It is a shock and I have no words to express my sadness,” the archbishop said.
The sheriff’s department said detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death though no further details were released.
I am very sad to report that our beloved Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell has passed away unexpectedly. May Our Lady of Guadalupe wrap him in the mantle of her love. https://t.co/UeYWgZySBV
— Abp. José H. Gomez (@ArchbishopGomez) February 18, 2023