Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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

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

Her neighbours paid tribute to her and spoke of their shock at the violent episode in the aftermath of DelTondo's death. Dan Casper, a family neighbor, told CBS News: "I don't know why that happened". She said she didn't want her fiance to know because he would get mad.

The 32-year-old school teacher was shot and died in the driveway.

The suspension came after school officials received an anonymous email containing a February 2016 police report stating DelTondo had been found in a parked vehicle with a 17-year-old former student.

According to Times Online, towards the end of a year ago, DelTondo was suspended with pay from her teaching job at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School after a police report alleging there had been an incident involving her and a former student came to light. The email pointed to the police report and said that DelTondo was in a "relationship" with the boy.

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The Beaver County Coroner's Office ruled the teacher's death a homicide, according to KDKA, and noted that she died of multiple gunshots. School officials only found out about the incident in October 2017, and later learned that the teenager was never a student at PA Cyber. When asked, DelTonto said that she was "just talking" to her former student, who was "upset and needed someone to talk to".

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. Investigations uncovered a relationship between the two over Snapchat and via text messages. 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.

No charges were brought, but DelTondo was still suspended by the school. However, investigators have not revealed information about the case at this time.

The police have launched a full homicide investigation.

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Brian Hayden, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, has today released a statement after learning of DelTondo's death. However, the check never came in the mail, so the family reached out to their local KDKA-TV reporter, Marty Griffin's segment, "Get Marty". We express our sympathy to her family, friends, and co-workers.

"Nobody, including Ms. Deltondo, the Aliquippa Police Department, the juvenile male or his family, or any other person or agency had informed PA Cyber of this or any other incident".

CBS Pittsburgh met DelTondo a year ago when she was the subject of a CBS Pittsburgh report as a bride-to-be in a dispute over her custom wedding dress. Their wedding was canceled a few months after she was found in the auto with the student, but before her name was made public. The wedding was ultimately scrapped, KDKA 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.

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