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City Hopes $20K Reward will Help Capture Murderers

Detectives are looking for clues to help solve a two-year-old Berkeley murder case.

The Berkeley Police Department is offering a $20,000 award for clues that lead to the capture of's murderers.

“Even the slightest information could help,” said Berkeley Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Coats.

Celedon was killed two years ago Wednesday, while walking home with his fiance after a party. At 3:41 a.m., at the corner of Adeline and Emerson streets, he was approached by two suspects who reportedly tried to rob the couple and ending up fatally shooting Celedon. It was his 35th birthday.

Celedon moved to Berkeley from his native Chile to be with his fiancé, Amber Nelson. Nelson was with him on that walk and managed to survive.

She met with members of the media Wednesday afternoon in the garden she planted for Celedon near the site of his murder.

“We understand there is sometimes a reluctance to speak to the police, but if they have heard something on the grapevine they can call in anonymously. Any information is helpful,” Nelson told Berkeleyside Wednesday.

Coats said Berkeley detectives are actively working on the unsolved murder case. She did not say what strides the department has made in the way of solving the crime. She did say that detectives want to keep the Celedon murder case in the public’s eye in hopes of new leads surfacing as a result.

Berkeley police are urging anyone with information to call the Berkeley Police Department’s Investigations Division-Homicide Detail at 510-981-5900 or the 24-hour non-emergency number, 510-981-5900. Or for anonymous tips, call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Laila Kearney (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Here is a link to a statement released by the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco about Celedon: http://patch.com/A-xHJJ

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