LA officials offering $50,000 reward in Joseph Gatto death

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Los Angeles City leaders are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to a suspect in the murder of Joseph Gatto — the 78-year old father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

The retired art teacher was found shot to death November 13 inside his Silver Lake home. 

At a news conference Tuesday, Assemblyman Gatto asked the public to help his family get justice. 

"If you know something, my family begs you to come forward. My dad was a beloved father, grandfather, and teacher," said Gatto. "He didn't deserve to go out like this. What's been so hard on the family is that nobody got a chance to say goodbye." 

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says detectives have released a sketch of a person of interest in the case. He's been described as a white male between the ages of 18 and 25. He was involved in a car burglary and assault with a deadly weapon incident the same day as Joseph Gatto's murder. 

Gatto had recently been working as a jewelry craftsman and taught for more than 45 years at a variety of schools including Cal State Northridge and the Art Center in Pasadena.

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