By Nita Lelyveld
10:40 AM PDT, April 14, 2013
Sam Michel loved Los Angeles.
He loved to hike in Griffith Park, bike the city late at night and search out the best taco trucks.
After graduating from CalArts, he returned to his home in South Salem, N.Y., but Los Angeles kept tugging.
So he returned and found a studio apartment and a world in the Sir Francis Drake in Koreatown.
He set up a tin-can telephone system with his upstairs neighbors. He watched almost every sunset from the roof.
Early on the morning of April 10, 2012, he was killed at the Sir Francis Drake, stabbed to death in his fifth-floor apartment.
He was 25 years old. His killer has not been found.
The city has offered a $50,000 reward for information. His family recently doubled it.
On the anniversary of his death, his parents, Bruce and Deborah Michel, held a celebration of his life at the Sir Francis Drake. His brother Lucas, 24, was there. His sister Hannah, 22, stayed home, unable to face it.
Read about Sam Michel's life and death in my latest City Beat.
Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:
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