Quantcast

Silver Lake to honor slain arts teacher Joseph Gatto as murder remains unsolved

map

SILVER LAKE — City officials and family members are scheduled on Friday morning to unveil a plaque naming the intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in honor of Joseph Anthony Gatto, a long-time resident and arts instructor who was shot dead in his Silver Lake home in November 2013.  Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square will be dedicated as the murder remains unsolved and Gatto’s killer remains at large.

Gatto, father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and his family moved to Silver Lake in 1978. He helped found the L.A. County High School for the Arts, and served as dean of the Visual Arts Department until he retired at age 67, according to the office of Tom LaBonge, which introduced the City Council motion naming the intersection in Gatto’s honor. After retirement, Gatto pursued his interest in art by designing and making jewelry.

Gatto’s body was found by a family member in his home on Bright Lane near the Silver Lake Reservoir. Despite a $50,000 reward and wide spread media coverage, the Gatto homicide remains unsolved.  Since the murder, police had searched for a suspicious man who had been seen in the neighborhood around the time of the murder. They also asked the public for help to track down some of the jewelry Gatto had made.

But none of the leads “have panned out so far, unfortunately,”  said Detective Chris Gable with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division. “We’re just investigating whatever leads that come in now and then.”

Persons with information about the crime are asked to call  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Support The Eastsider Today

Bloggers don’t live on comments alone. You can support The Eastsider, a privately-owned company, by purchasing an annual Reader Sponsorship. Your financial support and sponsorship will help defray the costs of  gathering neighborhood news and stories. Look for future benefits and discounts from neighborhood merchants. You can pay via PayPal or by using your credit or debit card. Your sponsorship is not tax deductible. Just click on the button below to select a sponsorship level and sign up today.

The Eastsider offers four levels of Reader Sponsorships:

$25   Reader Sponsorship

  • Get An Eastsider Reader Benefits Card that entitles you to deals and discounts from neighborhood merchants
  • You will be thanked by name on the blog and recognized as a sponsor of The Eastsider

$50 Reader Sponsorship

  • Get An Eastsider Reader Benefits Card that entitles you to deals and discounts from neighborhood merchants
  • You will be thanked by name on the blog and recognized as a sponsor of The Eastsider
  • Complementary Eastsider postcards

$100 Reader Sponsorship

  • Get An Eastsider Reader Benefits Card that entitles you to deals and discounts from neighborhood merchants
  • You will be thanked by name on the blog and recognized as a sponsor of The Eastsider.
  • Complementary Eastsider postcards
  • One-month advertisement promoting the nonprofit, school or charity of your choice located or active in our coverage area (email us for details).
Fill out my online form.

Thanks for your support!
Jesús Sanchez, The Eastsider LLC

Click here if you are having trouble viewing this form



Eastsider Advertising

One comment

  1. I guess this doesn’t involve gentrification so no one cares to comment. I hope this loving tribute gives his family and the community some satisfaction. Thanks for being a great community member.

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *

*