‘Fito was special’: 10 years after murder, reward available for information

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According to a Sept. 12 press release from the Berkeley Police Department, a $50,000 reward is being offered in return for information aiding in the investigation of the unsolved murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedón Bravo. Celedón was murdered 10 years ago in Berkeley, where he had moved to from Chile in order to be with his fiancée Amber Nelson.

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Saturday marked 10 years since the unsolved murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedón Bravo took place during an armed robbery in the city of Berkeley.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of one or more suspects in the case, according to a Sept. 12 press release from the Berkeley Police Department, or BPD. Celedón was shot Sept. 12, 2010, on his 35th birthday, at the intersection of Adeline and Emerson streets.

“Detectives remain hopeful that a member of the community will come forward with information,” the BPD press release states. “Even the smallest detail could prove critical in solving this case.”

Originally from Chile and known to his family as “Fito,” Celedón moved to Berkeley to be with his fiancée Amber Nelson, who was then a UC Berkeley graduate student.

He and his fiancée were walking home from a party when they were confronted and robbed by two male suspects at approximately 3:41 a.m., according to the BPD press release. After shooting Celedón and punching his fiancée in the face, the suspects fled in what was described to BPD as a “dark older model SUV.”

“Fito was special. He had that twinkle in his eye and lit up the room with happy optimism when he entered,” Nelson said in a video commemorating the 10th anniversary of Celedón’s death. “He’s the love of my life.”

Nelson, who is now married with two daughters, also called upon the Berkeley and Oakland communities to help bring Celedón’s attackers to justice.

Celedón’s murder remains a high priority and a matter of concern to the Chilean government.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco will keep supporting and encouraging an expeditious investigation and prompt solution of this case, so that the family of Mr. Celedón can find the peace they deserve,” states a recent press release from the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco.

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