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.
Authorities told the news station DelTondo was shot multiple times, and a coroner confirmed she died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the trunk of her body.
She died in the driveway.
A neighbor said that he heard at least six shots fired.
The death has stunned neighbors in the quiet neighborhood and police are hunting for clues to the identity of the killer.
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.
The suspension came after school officials received an anonymous email containing a February 2016 police report stating Ms DelTondo had been found in a parked auto with a 17-year-old former student.
The report stated that officers were on patrol at around 1.50am on February 6, 2016, when they saw a vehicle parked near the old Aliquippa Hospital. Police noted in the report that "the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running".
Inside was DelTondo and the teen.
The incident report named the teen and it was confirmed that he was not registered at the charter school. Cops later found text messages and Snapchat messages which revealed the pair had a 'relationship'. 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.
After DelTondo's fiancé called off the wedding - after the alleged incident occurred, but before the alleged incident was made public - DelTondo reportedly attempted to purchase the $10,000 wedding dress that she'd put a deposit down on in order to resell it. The incident reportedly took place in February 2016. 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.
The leak led to a state investigation of the Aliquippa Police Department, and DelTondo cooperated with that investigation, CBS News reported.
Brian Hayden, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, said he was "saddened" by the 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".
Earlier a year ago, DelTondo was in the press over a dispute with a bridal shop over her wedding dress. The wedding was ultimately scrapped, KDKA reported.
Officials say it will take some time for investigators to collect the forensic evidence from the phones that were taken to Harrisburg.