A Pennsylvania schoolteacher who was reported to have had a teenage boy in her auto and who was later suspended was shot to death in her mother's driveway on Mother's Day.
Rachael DelTondo, 32, was shot dead standing on her mother's driveway on Sunday.
Now investigators tell CBS Pittsburgh they believe Rachael DelTondo knew her gunman and that it was a crime of passion.
The death has stunned neighbors in the quiet neighborhood and police are hunting for clues to the identity of the killer.
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.
According to their news site, The Beaver Countian received an anonymous email containing a report by the Aliquippa Police Department about an incident that allegedly occurred on February 6, 2016.More news: Korea economically if it gets rid of nuclear weapons
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. The email pointed to the police report and said that DelTondo was in a "relationship" with the boy.
Inside was DelTondo and the teen.
One of her neighbours reported that he had heard the incident take place. However, the school's CEO found that the teenager was never a registered student at the school.
The email included the police report and a note that DelTondo and the teen had a "relationship" over text messages and Snapchat messages. Inside the vehicle they found the teenager and DelTondo. She said she didn't want her fiance to know because he would get mad. "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", Hayden told Times Online.
After receiving the email, her school announced that she was being suspended and "removed from the classroom pending an investigation".
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.More news: Multiverse Beckons Hospitability to Life
Brian Hayden, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, has today released a statement after learning of DelTondo's death. "We're getting video cameras, we are downloading information, we are interviewing witnesses". We express our sympathy to her family, friends, and co-workers.
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. A police report from 2016 said the two were found in a "steamed-up" parked auto around 2 a.m. They called off the wedding after the affair.
Officials say it will take some time for investigators to collect the forensic evidence from the phones that were taken to Harrisburg. The wedding was ultimately scrapped, KDKA reported. By early 2017, they finally received a check in the mail.
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