Members of the nondenominational Lord’s Vineyard Fellowship Church in Pueblo, Colorado are mourning the loss of their pastor who was allegedly shot and killed by his own son during a drunken argument.
Fifty-two-year-old Pastor Cecilio “Roman” Ortiz, who also ran a local barbershop, died on Sunday night from a gunshot wound said to have been inflicted by his own son, Malachi, who is now facing second-degree murder charges.
The shooting occurred at the family’s home sometime before 4 a.m. The mother of the perpetrator and widow of the deceased, Roseen Ortiz, told KKTV that her son was very drunk at the time of the altercation and didn’t realize what he had done until he was sober.
“My son was very intoxicated, and where the firearm came into play, I cannot tell you,” Ortiz told the news station. “I was in the kitchen and I just heard a pop and when I ran into the living room they were tussling over the firearm … between the two of them, I was able to grab the firearm and take it off of him. And then my husband just collapsed after that.”
Roseen Ortiz said she called 911 as soon as she could.
“I dialed 911, I got a voice mail five times,” she told KOAA. “I just started panicking, I didn’t know who to call. I believe I called my daughter, but then 911 called back. And when paramedics got there he was still breathing, he was fighting for his life.”
The mother explained that her son is having a hard time coming to grips with what transpired when he became sober.
“He’s having a very hard time. It was his pops. He adored him and he’s struggling,” Roseen Ortiz said. “He asked me to ask his sisters and his nieces and nephews for forgiveness, and he said to tell the family and the church family that he was sorry. It’s just, he’s struggling right now. It’s been very, very hard.”
According to the widow, her husband was loved by many.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith