We created this blog in order to share memories and stories of our dear friend Ignacio Celedon (aka Fito), who was killed in an attempted robbery early in the morning on Sunday, September 12th in South Berkeley. Fito led an amazing and enthusiastic life, and we invite everyone who knew him to contribute your memories and pictures. You can also find updates here on community meetings and links to news stories about his passing and the ongoing effort to bring his killers to justice.

Fito was from Chile, and since his death his family and his fiancee's family have spent a lot of money on travel back and forth between there and the Bay Area. We've created an opportunity for you to donate in order to help offset some of these costs.

Hemos creado este blog para compartir recuerdos e historias de nuestro querido amigo Ignacio Celedón (alias Fito), quien fue asesinado en un intento de robo por la mañana temprano el domingo, 12 de septiembre en el sur de Berkeley. Fito llevado una vida increíble y entusiasta, e invitamos a todos los que lo conocieron a contribuir con sus recuerdos y fotografías. Usted también puede encontrar las actualizaciones de aquí en reuniones comunitarias y enlaces a las noticias sobre su muerte y el esfuerzo en curso para llevar a sus asesinos ante la justicia.

Fito fue de Chile, y desde su muerte, su familia y la familia de su novia han pasado un montón de dinero en viajes de ida y vuelta entre ésta y el Área de la Bahía. Hemos creado una oportunidad para que usted pueda donar para ayudar a compensar algunos de estos costos.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Homage to Fito: October 11, 2010

Here is a short play that I made with six of Fito's acting friends: Diana, Yanko, Andrés, Paty, Bustamante, and Jaime. We presented it for the one month anniversary of his last living day: October 11, 2010.

Español sin subtitulos:

video

English with Subtitles:

video

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Recap on Wednesday's Community Meeting

Last night, Max Anderson, city council member for District 3,  hosted a community meeting on safety and future plans for the Adeline corridor. The meeting consisted of the mayor of Berkeley, the Chief of Police, and representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Parks Department, Bart Police, and the Department of Economic Development. Most of the speakers described the planned amendments to Adeline, including sidewalk upgrades, new planters, and potentially new lights. The Chief of Police explained some of the bigger departmental shifts that he is directing. He also said that he is hopeful that they will find Fito's murderers. For more information on the meeting, please visit the Berkeleyside Blog

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Viewing, The Funeral.

Fito's viewing was on my birthday. It was a birthday without happiness. It was my first birthday in his presence (we were across the globe for the other two). It was a day that floated by like a passing thought. I saw him, there under the acrylic window, I saw the clothes I dressed him in. I saw the dragon toy, but not his ring, just out of view. I kept him company. I could not move my eyes. And then suddenly I would move my eyes. Was this really happening.

I met many people that day, my birthday. It was too ironic that he died on his birthday and I saw him dead all day on mine. We were a match that met too late and ended too early. We are a love that the Gods fear. There was a celestial war and something went wrong. The man that placed seven bullets fatefully into my love would have been his best friend, had he let him talk...just a word, just talking, no jumping the gun.

The day after was his funeral, 2pm at his high school, middle school, and grammar school: San Ignacio el Bosque (St. Ignacio of the Forest). He was buried in Parque del Recuerdos where his friend Nacho (short for Ignacio) was buried 2 years ago when we were living together at El Grifo. Aligning the earth above him is a ring of Ginkos and liquidambars.