In scouring reports of the shocking, heart-wrenching murder of Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Auxiliary Bishop David (“Dave”) O’Connell, 69, a native of Ireland who had served as a priest for 45 years, we found the most accurate and focused report to be the news briefing led by Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna on February 20, 2023. The briefing followed the dramatic arrest of primary suspect Carlos Media, husband of O’Connell’s housekeeper in the early hours of the 20th.
We time-tracked (below) the live-recorded news conference and bolded what we at Catholic Business Journal found to be the TWO authorities who stand out in their direct, factual and informative points: 1) Sheriff Robert Luna and 2) Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who, as you will see in the video, is in so much pain and shock he could barely speak.
See time marks below video:
0:21 (Start) – Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna
10:55 – California State Senator Bob Archuleta
13:55 – Spokesperson for a Los Angeles County Supervisor
16:00 – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
18:29 – Archbishop José Gomez
21:40 – Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna – answering questions
27:21 – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Lucia Solis
30:30 – Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna – very touching closing sentence