Teacher Suspended For Inappropriate 'Relationship' With Teen Killed By Gunfire

A 32-year-old schoolteacher from Pennsylvania was shot and killed by a hail of bullets outside her mother's home on Sunday night.

After leaving an ice cream shop, Rachael DelTondo went to her mother's home where she was met by gunfire in the driveway, which took her life. "I counted six shots that I heard," one neighbor, Fred Poore, told KDKA-TV.

DelTondo’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Beaver County Coroner’s Office, but most other details surrounding the murder are still unknown.

The schoolteacher was suspended six months prior to the homicide for an inappropriate relationship with a teenage former student. According to The Blaze, DelTondo was suspended "after police reportedly discovered her in a vehicle with steamed-up windows in the wee hours of the morning" in February of 2016 with the 17-year-old.

A subsequent police report said Ms. DelTondo was in a "relationship" with the former student.

KDKA-TV reports that the confidential information concerning the relationship was leaked by Aliquippa police.

"DelTondo was reportedly not charged but did tell police that 'she didn’t want her fiancé to know that she was here parked because he would get mad,'" notes The Blaze.

The 32-year-old called off her wedding in the months following the incident.

Aliquippa Police are unsure if the relationship had anything to do with the murder, reports KDKA-TV.

"Beautiful lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody," said one grieving member of the community, Dan Casper. "I don’t know why that happened. I really don’t," he added.

"Very, very nice girl," added another neighbor, Philomena Rossi. "Prime of her life, and this is what happens."



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