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As family and friends head to funeral, Joseph Gatto remembered as a gifted teacher

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Joseph Gatto died at age 78 in Silver Lake.
Kent Twitchell
Joseph Gatto died at age 78 in Silver Lake.

The artist, who was shot to death Nov. 13, will be buried Monday. His daughter said the outpouring of support from former students has been comforting.

Almost two weeks ago, 78-year-old Joseph Gatto was found dead at home in Silver Lake. He'd been shot in the abdomen.

Monday morning, his friends and family gathered for his funeral at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Los Feliz. Many details of the murder remain unclear, but his legacy as a gifted teacher remains.

Gatto taught at the Art Center, Pierce College, and elsewhere, and may have left his biggest mark at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, as KPCC's Mary Plummer discovered.

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