Suspended schoolteacher shot dead in her mother's driveway on Mother's Day

Rachael DelTondo, 32-Year-Old Teacher Fatally Shot in Aliquippa

The horrific crime took place in a quiet Aliquippa neighborhood, just outside of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State Police opened an investigation in December into the Aliquippa police on misuse of law enforcement data from the state's Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network, state police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski told the newspaper on Tuesday.

DelTondo had been suspended after confidential information was leaked from the police department regarding an encounter between her and an underage student from another school.

Aliquippa is about 22 miles (34.6 kilometers) northwest of Pittsburgh. Neighbors said they heard 10 to 12 gunshots.

The Beaver County Coroner's Office ruled the teacher's death a homicide, according to KDKA, and noted that she died of multiple gunshots.

Local police later launched an investigation into the information leak, with which DelTondo reportedly cooperated.

Friends and neighbors said DelTondo was friendly with everyone.

"I don't know why that happened. I really don't... lovely lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody". She didn't bother anyone.

Her employer, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, and the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School then suspended her. The incident allegedly occurred in February 2016, and DelTondo was found with the student in a parked auto at 2:00 a.m. near Aliquippa hospital.

No charges were filed in the incident, but Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier described circulation of the report as a "personal vendetta". "We have no additional information beyond what is being reported by local media", Hayden said in a statement.

DelTondo was engaged at the time.




Authorities are now searching for the person who approached DelTondo within minutes of being dropped off and shot her, Lozier told Newsweek.

No charges were filed, but her fiancé reportedly called off the wedding. She was questioned but not charged. Cops later found text messages and Snapchat messages which revealed the pair had a 'relationship'. The email address itself was fraudulent, and attempts to respond were returned as undeliverable.

However, School CEO Brian Hayden said records show the teen was never a registered student at PA Cyber.

CBS News reports police believe DelTondo knew her assailant and the shooting was likely a "crime of passion".

'We were saddened this morning to learn of the tragic death of Rachel DelTondo, apparently the result of a violent incident in the City of Aliquippa. "We express our sympathy to her family and coworkers and will support them in any way possible in the weeks and months ahead as they mourn her passing".

DelTondo and her family also made headlines in February 2017 after a dustup with the bridal shop assisting in her wedding planning. According to the report, her family wanted to go big when DelTondo got engaged.

DelTondo had been working at the school for almost 10 years.

Rachael DelTondo was supposed to tie the knot in 2017, but only four months later, the wedding was called off.

The teacher was allegedly found in a vehicle with a former student, 17, with steamed-up windows. But he never did that either, so they reached out to Get Marty for help.

This is a developing story.

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