Statement from Bishop Burbidge on the homicide of California bishop

Joining my brother bishops, particularly Archbishop Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I express my deepest sadness at the homicide committed against Bishop David O'Connell. Widely regarded for his love and pastoral care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, for four and a half decades he served the people of Los Angeles with great zeal and devotion. I ask all in the Diocese of Arlington to pray for the repose of Bishop O'Connell's soul, for his grieving family and friends, and for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who have lost a faithful shepherd. Please also pray for investigators as they conduct their work regarding this grievous crime.