Rachael DelTondo, a suspended Pennsylvania teacher, was gunned down and killed in her family’s driveway late Sunday night on Mother’s Day. The horrific crime took place in a quiet Aliquippa neighborhood, just outside of Pittsburgh. Police have not named a suspect in her death and would not comment to the media about whether they had interviewed any suspects. 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.
1. Rachael DelTondo Was Shot in Her Family’s Driveway After Meeting a Friend for Ice Cream
Rachael DelTondo, 32, was shot after telling family that she was coming home from getting ice cream with a friend, WPXI reported. Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, police were called to the scene on Buchanan street, where DelTondo had been shot just after getting out of her car. Neighbors said they heard 10 to 12 gunshots. She died at the scene. (Note: her name is sometimes misspelled in media reports as Rachel DelTondo, after a post by the local mayor accidentally spelled her name without the second “a.”)
The coroner ruled her death a homicide, saying she died of multiple gunshot wounds to her chest.
Friends and neighbors said DelTondo was friendly with everyone. Dan Casper, a family neighbor, told CBS News: “I don’t know why that happened. I really don’t… Beautiful lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody.”
Mayor Dwan Walker told WPXI: “Mrs. Del Tondo was a bright light. She didn’t bother anyone. She didn’t hurt anyone.”
2. She Was on a Paid Suspension from Her Teaching Job After Police Found Her in a Car with an Underage Student
Last fall, she was suspended with pay from her teaching job at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School after a confidential police report about her and a former student was leaked. According to the report, DelTondo and the 17-year-old were found in a parked car near the Aliquippa hospital around 2 a.m. Police officers were patrolling the area at the time when they found them. Police noted in the report that “the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running.” DelTondo said she was talking to a former student who was upset, but the teen had never been registered at PA Cyber, where she worked.
DelTondo was engaged at the time. DelTondo told police that the teen was upset and they were friends who were just talking. She said she didn’t want her fiance to know because he would get mad. Police drove the teen home and no charges were filed.
3. DelTondo’s Name Was Leaked After School Officials and the Media Received an Anonymous Email Containing the Police Report
Since DelTondo was never charged, her name wasn’t released. In fact, the police report wasn’t public knowledge until the media and Pennsylvania Cyber officials received an anonymous email in October 2017 that included the 2016 Aliquippa police report, Times Online reported.
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