Berkeley slaying victim was planning to marry

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon.

The 35-year-old man who was shot and killed Sunday night while walking home from a party was a Chilean native who planned to marry his American fiancée next year.

Adolfo Ignacio Celedón had moved to Berkeley in February to be with his fiancée, a graduate student in architecture at UC Berkeley, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair had met a few years ago when the woman, whose name has not been released, went to Chile on vacation. Mutual friends introduced the couple, according to the Chronicle.

Celedón died Sunday morning — his 35th birthday — after two assailants shot him during a robbery near the Ashby BART station. Celedón and his girlfriend had been walking home from a party at 3:41 a.m. when they were attacked on Adeline near Emerson. Celedón was shot several times and was later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital in Oakland. His fiancée was punched during the robbery, but only suffered minor injuries.

The couple had planned to marry next year, according to the Chronicle.


Celedón’s father and two sisters flew in from Chile to identify his body, according to the Chronicle.