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Berkeley Police Seeking Help Solving Four-year-old Murder Of Chilean National

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Police are again asking for assistance in finding the killers of a Chilean national who was shot in Berkeley while walking home from a party with his fiancée four years ago.

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, nicknamed “Fito,” was shot and killed on Sept. 12, 2010, the morning of his 35th birthday.

He had traveled to the U.S with his fiancée, Amber Nelson, after they met in Chile while she was vacationing there in 2008. Celedon moved back to Berkeley with Nelson and the two had planned to get married in the near future.

But while returning from a party that morning at 3:41 a.m. they were only a few blocks from their home when two robbers confronted them at Adeline and Emerson streets. One of the robbers shot Celedon, who was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The couple had rented a car for a sightseeing trip that morning to visit places in the Bay Area Celedon hadn’t yet seen because they usually got around by bicycle.

The case has drawn interest from the Chilean government, contributing to a $20,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the case.

“This crime has a high priority and is a sensitive matter of concern for the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco,” the consulate wrote in a statement today. “We request the community and witnesses of this assassination to provide to the Berkeley police any piece of information that could be helpful to solve the investigation.”

The two suspects were described only as black men between the ages of 25 and 35 who fled in what was described as a dark older model sports utility vehicle.

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