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Two years on, no leads on random Berkeley murder

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It was two years ago today that Adolfo Ignacio Celedón Bravo, known to his friends as Fito, was gunned down while walking with his fiancée, Amber Nelson, near Ashby BART station, and the police are no further forward in finding his killer and solving the case.

This week, the Berkeley Police Department reiterated that it is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Celedón’s murder, and the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco issued a statement in which it said the crime was “a high priority and a sensitive matter of concern to the Chilean Government.”

Celedón, a Chilean native who was murdered on his 35th birthday, moved to Berkeley to be with Nelson.

On the morning of Sept. 12, 2010, at approximately 3:41 a.m., the couple was walking home after attending a party. At the intersection of Adeline and Emerson streets, the couple was confronted by two male suspects who intended to rob them. During the robbery, Celedón was shot and his fiancée was punched in the face before the suspects fled in what was described as a “dark older model SUV.” … Continue reading »

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Murder victim’s family visits Berkeley looking for answers

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On a rainy Monday evening the family of Adolfo Ignacio Celedón Bravo, who was brutally gunned down just over a year ago on Sept. 12, 2010, gathered to plant flowering vines and lavender in his memory in a commemorative garden created by his fiancée near the spot where he fell on Adeline Street.

The murder of Fito, as he was known to his friends, has not been solved, and his family is hoping their presence here and the many meetings they have held with officials and the media will prompt someone in the community to come forward with information leading to the arrest of his killers.

The 35-year-old Fito and his fiancée Amber Nelson were walking home from a party in the early hours of the morning when they were ambushed and robbed by two assailants near Ashby BART. Fito was shot while trying to protect Nelson. The randomness of the killing shocked the Berkeley community.

Nelson said the hope was that somebody with information would show compassion and help track down the murderers. … Continue reading »

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Reward grows for information about killers of Chilean man

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Photo courtesy of the Celedon family
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The reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the men who killed Adolfo Ignacio Celedón has increased to $20,000, thanks to a new donation made by the Chilean government.

Celedón was killed 10 months ago on Sept. 12, 2010, at the intersection of Adeline and Emerson streets. He and his fiancé, Amber Nelson, were walking home around 3:41 a.m. from a concert at Ashkenz when two black males jumped out of a black SUV and attempted to rob them. Celedón was shot and killed as he tried to protect Nelson. It was Celedón’s 35th birthday.

“The tragic death of Adolfo Celedón … is a high priority and sensitive matter of concern to the Chilean Government,” said Consul General of Chile Rolando F. Ortega, according to a press release put out by the Berkeley Police Department. “The Consulate General of Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs support an expeditious investigation and prompt resolution to this case.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley neighborhood reacts to violent crime in its midst

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On Feb. 10, David Thornton was walking home from Ashby BART at around 11:30 p.m. after attending an event in San Francisco. Heading to his home, where he has lived for more than 10 years, he felt himself being followed. Thornton quickened his step, but then saw another man walking on the other side of the street. A few minutes later, the two men sped up their pace and Thornton was ambushed.

“David did not want to make as if he was coming to the house,” explained his wife, Catherine Huchting, “because he knew our dog would begin to bark and I would open the front door — and he feared one of us would end up dead.”

The two men began to beat Thornton violently with a gun on his chest and face. The pistol whipping was so severe it caused multiple facial fractures. The assailants fled without stealing anything. Thornton was left to crawl home bleeding profusely. He whispered to his wife to call 911. … Continue reading »

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Block party planned on anniversary of Berkeley homicide

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Six months ago, on Sept. 12, 2010, 35-year-old Adolfo Ignacio Celedón Bravo and his fiancée, Amber Nelson, were walking home from a party when they were ambushed and robbed near Ashby BART. Two assailants shot and killed Celedón.

The randomness of the murder shocked the Berkeley community and the crime is still unsolved.

To mark the six-month anniversary of his death, and to honor the Chilean native, who was known as Fito to his family and friends, Nelson is organizing an all-day block party in Berkeley. It’s the way Fito would have appreciated being remembered, Nelson writes in information she has circulated about the event. … Continue reading »

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South Berkeley community gathers in wake of murder

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Berkeley city leaders were out in force Wednesday evening to meet with a community still reeling from the seemingly random, senseless murder of 35-year-old Adolfo Ignacio Celedón in their neighborhood earlier this month.

Mayor Tom Bates, as well as Police Chief Michael Meehan, representatives from BART and several senior city officials were on stage at the Black Repertory Group Theater on Adeline in a gathering hosted by Councilman Max Anderson, who oversees the Adeline corridor. On the agenda: … Continue reading »

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Police chief hopeful of solving Berkeley murder case

Amber Nelson and Ignacio "Fito" Celedon.
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Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said he is “very hopeful” about solving the homicide case of Adolfo Ignacio Celedón, 35, who was killed on Adeline Street near Emerson on Sunday, Sept. 12, while walking home from a party with his fiancée, Amber Nelson.

Speaking at a community meeting on Wednesday night at the Black Repertory Group Theater on Adeline, Meehan said the Berkeley Police Department is continuing to receive leads from the public on the case and was collaborating with … Continue reading »

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Community meeting planned on killing of ‘Fito’

Community members participate in vigil for Ignacio Celedon
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The murder of Ignacio Celed


n, known to his friends as Fito, has spurred memorials, vigils and a community meeting to address safety in the neighborhood.

Last night, a few dozen community members and friends of Fito gathered for a silent vigil around the spontaneous memorial set up following the slaying.

On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., a community meeting will be held at the Black Repertory Theater, 3201 Adeline St. Mayor Tom Bates, community … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley slaying, victim defended fiancée

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Adolfo Ignacio Celedón, the 35-year-old Chilean man who was shot and killed during a robbery in south Berkeley on Sept. 12, died as he tried to protect his fiancée, according to an article by Henry Lee in the San … Continue reading »

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Berkeley slaying victim was planning to marry

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon
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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 … Continue reading »

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