Get Up Erica Featured Video
Caution Tape

Source: Richard Williams Photography / Getty

Sad news out of Colorado as members of the Lord’s Vineyard Fellowship Church in Pueblo, Colorado are mourning the loss of their Pastor, Cecilio “Roman” Ortiz, who was allegedly shot and killed by his son.

52-year-old Ortiz died on Sunday night from a gunshot wound from his son during a drunken argument. Ortiz’s son, Malachi, is now facing second-degree murder charges after the incident.

Want gospel news at your fingertips? Text “ERICA” to 52140 to join our club. (Terms and conditions)

Ortiz’s wife, Roseen Ortiz, told a local news station that her son was very drunk when the altercation happened and didn’t realize what he had done until he was sober. After the shot was fired, Roseen called 911 and when the paramedics arrived, she says her husband was fighting for his life.

The wife and mother also stated that her son is having a hard time dealing with his actions after becoming sober.

“He’s having a hard time. It was his pops. He adored him and he’s struggling” she said. “He asked me to ask his sister and nieces for forgiveness, and he said to tell the family and the church family that he was sorry.”

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

The mother added “If Roman could speak down from Heaven, he would say to forgive Malachi.”

Ortiz began his ministry over 20 years ago and “was loved by many.” Members of the church participated in a balloon release and potluck after the Pastor’s passing.

Source: The Christian Post

See Also: 

Pastor Who Was An Advocate For Mental Health Dies By Suicide

Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Officiates Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Wedding [PHOTOS]

Colorado Pastor Shot & Killed By His Own Son  was originally published on

Also On Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell:
Rest In Power: Notable Black Folks Who We’ve Lost In 2021
The Fashion Awards 2021 - Show
86 photos