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.
A neighbor said that he heard at least six shots fired. Police are hunting for the suspect, but authorities have released no description as of Tuesday.
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.
Shortly over a year later, 32-year-old Rachael DelTondo died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in front of her mother's home.
A police incident report revealed officers discovered the teacher with the boy at approximately 2 a.m.in a parked vehicle near Aliquippa Hospital, according to The Beaver Countian. They noted that "the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running".
Inside was DelTondo and the teen.
WPXI reported a slightly different version of the story, saying that Channel 11 found out about DelTondo's name after the mother of the former Aliquippa High School student talked to them about the incident.
Brian Hayden, CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, said that because he is a mandatory reporter, he had to notify Pennsylvania Childline when he received the email, even though it was about an incident that had happened almost two years earlier. She said she didn't want her fiance to know because he would get mad.
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No charges were brought against DelTondo over the incident, and police drove the teen home that evening. The report had not been made public until it was sent anonymously to the school.
The school announced they were suspending her the following month.
"We have an active group with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Beaver County Detective Bureau and the Aliquippa Police Department working very hard together", Lozier said.
"We were saddened to learn of the tragic death of Rachel DelTondo, apparently the result of a violent incident in the City of Aliquippa".
On May 15, District Attorney David Lozier told reporters that while there is still not a suspect in the case, investigators now have a cell phone in their possession, and information from that phone will be retrieved. We express our sympathy to her family, friends, and coworkers.
DelTondo had been teaching at Pennsylvania Cyber for almost 10 years.
Though known in local media outlets for her dispute with her wedding dress designer, Rachael DelTondo was once a teacher.
The teacher was planning a big, elaborate wedding with her Italian-American family, which included a $10,000, custom-made dress from a NY designer, CBS Local reported.
The family, who had already put down a $4,600 non-refundable deposit, told the salon they would like to pay the balance and receive the dress so they could sell it, but said the designer never delivered the gown and refused to refund their deposit.