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Berkeley, California (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) - The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the 2010 shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo has recently increased to $20,000 thanks to a contribution from the Government of Chile.

Consul General of Chile Rolando F. Ortega said, “The tragic death of Adolfo Celedón … is a high priority and sensitive matter of concern to the Chilean Government. The Consulate General of Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs support an expeditious investigation and prompt resolution to this case.”Chilean victim 1

Alejandra Celedon, Ignacio’s older sister shared, “As a family, we deeply appreciate all the efforts of BPD, the Chilean Consulate and the Berkeley community … to find the one who killed our beloved son and brother, Ignacio. His friends and family in Chile are praying to have his murder case solved in the near future and we think justice will be done so we can have some peace in our hearts. Ignacio “Fito” will always live in our hearts and memories, and he will always be remembered as the beautiful man who fought for peace, justice and a better world. We will not give up on our efforts and it is our intention to resolve this very unfortunate, senseless death…”

Ignacio “Fito” Celedon was walking home with his fiance at about 3:41 a.m., on September 12, 2010 after enjoying an evening together. At the intersection of Adeline and Emerson Streets, the couple was confronted by two male suspects who intended to rob them. During the robbery, Celedon was shot.

                 «The suspects were described as “2 Black Males wearing dark clothing”
                 «They fled in a “dark older model SUV” (Sport Utility Vehicle)
Chilean victim 2Celedon was a Chilean native who had moved to Berkeley to be with his fiance. He was killed on his 35th birthday. His family lives in Chile where the National media there have followed the story of this crime closely. 

The $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the homicide.

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this crime to call the BPD Investigations Division - Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD Non Emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). All calls to BACS are completely confidential. Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.

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