Police Seek Help in Solving 2010 Fatal Shooting of Chilean Man

September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018

Berkeley police said they are still trying to find the suspects who fatally shot a 35-year-old Chilean native in Berkeley eight years ago on Sept. 12.

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, nicknamed “Fito,” was shot and killed at the corner of Adeline and Emerson streets at 3:41 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2010, which was his 35th birthday.

Celedon’s fiancée Amber Nelson said in an interview two years after his death that they had met in Chile, where he was from, in February 2008 when she was vacationing there and they were planning to get married.

Nelson said Celedon moved to Berkeley a short time after they met because she was completing her dual master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture.

Nelson said that on the day of the shooting, they had planned to get up early to visit places in the Bay Area that he had never seen because they didn’t own a car. She explained that they normally got around by bicycle but she had rented a hybrid car for their sightseeing venture.

But police said that early that morning, Celedon and Nelson were walking home from a party when two male robbers attacked them at the corner of Adeline and Emerson streets, a block away from the Ashby BART station and several blocks from their home.

Police said that during the robbery, one of the suspects shot Celedon and one of them punched Nelson. Paramedics transported Celedon to a trauma center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the two suspects fled in what was described as a dark older model SUV.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for Celedon’s murder.

According to Celedon’s sister, he had worked as an engineer in Chile but then got involved in the theater when he moved to Berkeley.

In a news release on Sept. 12, Berkeley police said, “Detectives remain hopeful that a member of the community will come forward with information. Even the smallest detail could prove critical in solving this case.”

Police ask anyone with information about Celedon’s death to call their homicide unit at (510) 981-5741 or their non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.

By Jeff Shuttleworth