Adolfo Ignacio Celedon. Photo courtesy of the Celedon family

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.”

Celedón had moved from Chile to Berkeley to be with his fiance Nelson, a student studying for a master’s degree in architecture at UC Berkeley.

The case has been closely followed by the Chilean media, according to Berkeley police.

“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,” said Celedón’s sister, Alejandra Celedón. “We will not give up on our efforts and it is our intention to resolve this very unfortunate, senseless death…”

The Berkeley Police Department asks anyone with information about this crime to call the Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, at 510-981-5741, or the 24-hour non-emergency number, 510-981-5900. Community members can call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at 800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. Calls to BACS are completely confidential.

Said police, 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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  1. It’s amazing how the Keystone Cops at the BPD haven’t done a damn thing about this horrendous crime. Not one lead  or  a single bit of surveillance footage  has been obtained by them since the murder? I guess you can’t expect CSI-style detective work coming anytime soon from them.

  2. are you serious? demonize half the city? if anything more people need to come to south berkeley. we need to take back our part of the city!

  3. Or walk in numbers of three or more. Don’t let thugs keep you in at night. Citizens can take back the streets. A Berkeley Night Out?

  4. The murder of Adolfo Celedon turns my stomach. I hope that justice is served and closure can happen for this man’s friends and family.

  5. Although I agree with your larger point, I am fairly sure that at least statistically in terms of total murders and total levels of violent crime in South Berkeley the 1980s-1992 was far and away worse than today by every objective measure.  That said, a lot of violent crime remains in the community.  Tragic murders like this one, savage “pointless” beatings and other outrages, not to mention run of the mill crimes like burglary, car theft, drug dealing and so forth.

    Even if crime is not actually as bad now as it was back then at its “peak”, the fact remains that most decent residents remain in fear and are more or less imprisoned in their own castle come nightfall.  This is unacceptable.

  6. umm, south berkeley is a pretty large area to stay away from. if anything yes, stay away from walking on alcratraz and adeline in the wee hours of the morning.

  7. Educating people to stay as “far away” from South Berkeley would go a very long way to prevent and stop some of this more tragic and thus preventable carnage and loss.  If you up the reward to 100k I highly suspect that your suspects will be located and convicted.  They will also have to be relocated to another area as per the life and death retaliation issues involved and thus why so many remain silent despite the money and rewards involved. Bottom line: Stay out of South Berkeley!  I remember when the head of robbery division from BPD was robbed in broad daylight as he stepped out of his car in a business suit to make house call in the ’80s.  Now it’s another ball game and a very vicious and lethal one that has only become 25x worse.