Pipe Bomb Discovered By PA Church One Day After LA Bishop Killing
Law enforcement in Philadelphia is looking into an 18-inch pipe bomb that was discovered Sunday beside a Catholic church in the city.
The explosive device was spotted near train tracks behind Philadelphia’s St. Dominic Catholic Church on Frankford Ave, RedState reports.
Investigations remain ongoing, with no motives being known thus far.
This news comes after the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles David O’Connell was shot and killed in his home. The late bishop’s tragic death left a legacy, with many who knew him commending him for his charitable work, pro-life activism, and uncompromising faith.
One parishioner, Glendy Perez, commented that O’Connell “was a humble soul.”
“He was not the type that would have confrontations with nobody. He was very loving… When you would attend his ceremonies, it was like a gift of healing.”
Another person who knew O’Connell, Jose Alvarez, said he was a “powerful man.”
“You could see it in his personality — it’s not just because you see him kneeling down praying — you know that he’s a powerful man because you can see it in his life,” stated Alvarez.
Meanwhile, Archbishop José H. Gomez expressed that the death of O’Connell was “a shock and I have no words to express my sadness.”
“As a priest and later a bishop here in Los Angeles for forty-five years, Bishop Dave was a man of deep prayer who had a great love for Our Blessed Mother. 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 explained.
Police investigating the matter have since arrested 65-year-old Carlos Medina of Torrance, who is now the case’s prime suspect.
Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna held a Monday afternoon press conference to speak on the arrest, explaining, “Detectives were told by a tipster that they were concerned because Medina was acting strange, irrational and made comments about the bishop owing him money.”
He also said that Medina was observed driving a vehicle similar to one seen in surveillance footage from O’Connell’s driveway.