Rachael Elena DelTondo, a Pennsylvania teacher who was recently suspended from her position after a police report regarding her having an encounter with an underage student from another school came to light, was killed by shooting late Sunday night this past Mother's Day in the Aliquippa neighborhood, just outside of Pittsburgh.
Rachael DelTondo, 32, was shot dead standing on her mother's driveway on Sunday. At this time, it is believed that she died at the scene.
"I counted six shots that I heard", neighbour Fred Poore told local media.
The death has stunned neighbors in the quiet neighborhood and police are hunting for clues to the identity of the killer.
DelTondo, who was previously engaged, was a teacher at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School until last fall, when she was suspended after confidential information was allegedly leaked from the Aliquippa Police Department regarding her alleged relationship with a student.
According to reports, an anonymous October email tipped off school officials to the 2016 incident. Inside the vehicle they found the teenager and DelTondo.
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The incident, which took place early 2016, involved an officer finding Deltondo and the juvenile parked near Aliquippa Hospital property, noting that "the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running".
Inside was DelTondo and the teen.
The report said she was busted with the teenager at 2am. She was an elementary school teacher but was suspended months before her death.
During the confrontation with officers, DelTondo reportedly told police that she and the teen were "friends" and that they were "just talking" because he was "upset".
DelTondo was reportedly not charged but did tell police that "she didn't want her fiancé to know that she was here parked because he would get mad".
The report said no charges were filed in the incident. The report was not public knowledge until the anonymous email was sent in October previous year. A meeting between the Aliquippa Police, state police, and district attorney is expected on Tuesday (May 15) morning, and a statement is expected at that time.
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Though DelTondo was never charged in the incident, she was suspended in November 2017 after Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Chief Executive Officer Brian Hayden contacted ChildLine, which "is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program created to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns, and transmit the information quickly to the appropriate investigating agency", according to the organization's website. While her attorney reportedly advised her not to speak in detail regarding the incident, the suspended teacher did tell the media outlet she received death threats following the leak, which she said were reported to Aliquippa authorities.
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The DelTondo family still paid for a custom-made wedding dress, but still had to take the New York-based designer to court after he did not send them the dress, and refused to refund them.
DelTondo had been teaching at Pennsylvania Cyber for almost 10 years.
DelTondo and her family also made headlines in February 2017 after a dustup with the bridal shop assisting in her wedding planning.
Rachael DelTondo was supposed to tie the knot in 2017, but only four months later, the wedding was called off. "I really don't... attractive lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody".
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