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Joseph Gatto honored, murder still unsolved

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell -- The "Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square" sign unveiled today  at West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — (l-r) Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — The “Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square” sign unveiled today at West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

The late father of state Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, received a special honor today. A large street sign designating the t-intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue  in Silver Lake as “Joseph Anthony Gatto  Memorial Square” was unveiled this morning at around 8 a.m. Assemblyman Gatto missed the unveiling ceremony reportedly due to a canceled flight and the important budget vote in Sacramento today.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the unveiling ceremony for a memorial sign in  honor of Joseph Gatto, state Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father in Silver Slke June 19, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the unveiling ceremony for a memorial sign in honor of Joseph Gatto, state Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s father in Silver Slke June 19, 2015

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the event in his district, right next to Ivanhoe Elementary School, where he says “hundreds of kids walk along the sidewalk” and will see the new Gatto sign.  LaBonge praised Joseph Gatto as a “great father, great artist,” and exceptional teacher who drove through the neighborhood streets for more than 40 years.  LaBonge called Gatto’s murder 19 months ago, a “terrible crime.”

Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- Marianna Gatto, Assemblyman Mike Gatto's sister, represented the family at the sign unveiling ceremony in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media city G — Marianna Gatto, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s sister, represented the family at the sign unveiling ceremony in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Los Angeles City Councilman  Jose Buscaino , Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles City  Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilman  Paul Koretz  -- The "Joseph Anthony Memorial Square" sign unveiled in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — (l-r) Los Angeles City Councilman
Jose Buscaino , Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilman
Paul Koretz — The “Joseph Anthony Memorial Square” sign unveiled in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Daughter Marianna Gatto says her father, “… would be tickled pink by this honor.” Also, she asked for the public’s help in finding the murderer. The 78 year-old Gatto was discovered slumped over his desk in his home near the Silver Lake Reservoir on November 12, 2013.  He had been shot to death. A $50,000 reward is being offered in hopes of solving the case.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Joseph Gatto murder case reward flyer

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact LAPD Robbery Homicide  Detectives Barry Telis or Chris Gable at (213) 486-5910. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Also, there is a person of interest investigators would like to speak with as well. Details on that here.

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