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Joseph Gatto murder: $50K reward offered

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the murder of Joseph Gatto, the father of California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
January 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A $50,000 reward is being offered in the murder of Joseph Gatto, the father of California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Joseph Gatto, 78, was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home on Nov. 13. Investigators believe that he was killed on Nov. 12 and that his killer is the same person wanted in connection to an assault with a deadly weapon in the same neighborhood that day.

On Tuesday, Gatto's children were joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck as the City Council approved the reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

"I stand here today to assure the family of Joseph Gatto that we will not rest until we bring his killer in, that we will find this individual," said Garcetti.

Hundreds of people run and walk the Silver Lake Reservoir every day. Investigators and Gatto's family hope someone might remember seeing something that will bring the murderer to justice. They are also hoping someone might recognize the sketch of the possible suspect, as well as Gatto's unique, handcrafted jewelry, which was stolen.

"My father gave so much to our community, and now we must turn to the community for help in solving his murder," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Anyone with information was asked to call Los Angeles police at (877) LAPD-24-7.


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