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Somebody cares in Silver Lake **

February 26, 2008 |  4:22 pm

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The scrawls on the wall in Silver Lake started as a tribute to Elliott Smith, the "Good Will Hunting" composer who died from two knife wounds to the chest in 2003. The spot where Smith once posed for an album cover itself became covered in mash notes, love notes, wish-you-were-still here notes.

And then it got covered again, by graffiti this time, layers upon layers, for a couple of years. Yesterday, our friends at LAist protested with a post that asked, "Does no one care anymore?"

Just hours later, some Silver Lake locals proved that someone does care.  (That's the freshly repainted wall above.)

Tributes welcome.

-- Veronique de Turenne

** Correction: The L.A. county coroner was unable to make a determination in Elliott Smith's cause of death. A previous version of this post referred to it as a suicide.

Photo: Tony Pierce / Los Angeles Times

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