Pa. teacher's killing was a 'crime of passion,' investigators say

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

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

Rachael DelTondo, 32, was standing on her mother's Buchanan Street driveway, in Aliquippa, Beaver County, on Sunday when she was killed in a hail of gunfire. She died at the scene.

"I counted six shots that I heard", said Fred Poore, a neighbor.

Her neighbours paid tribute to her and spoke of their shock at the violent episode in the aftermath of DelTondo's death.

The report said that at roughly 1:50am on 6 February, 2016, they investigated a vehicle parked near an old hospital in the town of Aliquippa.

"It's shameful that this woman was painted with a police report that had been written that did not result in criminal charges", Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier told CBS.

Inside was DelTondo and the teen. The report concluded that "Deltondo was advised that there was better places to just talk with a former student", and further stated that the responding officer hoped not to find her in the same predicament again. Hayden said the student did not attend the online public school.

Flirty texts and Snapchat messages later showed that the pair had a "relationship".

CBS News reports police believe DelTondo knew her assailant and the shooting was likely a "crime of passion". "We have no additional information beyond what is being reported by local media", Hayden said in a statement.

No charges were brought against DelTondo over the incident, and police drove the teen home that evening.

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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.

The school suspended DelTondo a month after receiving the tip.

Reports say that the police report remained confidential until October, when the informant sent the email to DelTondo's school. We express our sympathy to her family, friends, and coworkers.

That information led to a suspension from her teaching job at Pa. Cyber.

DelTondo and her family also made headlines in February 2017 after a dustup with the bridal shop assisting in her wedding planning.

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. But four months later, DelTondo and her fiance called off the wedding.

Last year, DelTondo was featured on a Get Marty report in a dispute over her custom wedding dress.

Eventually, they took the salon to court and got a local investigative reporter involved to pressure the wedding dress maker into doing the right thing.

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