Rachael DelTondo was shot to death in the driveway of her family’s house in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh on Mother’s Day. Here is everything you need to know about her.
The death of Rachael DelTondo, 33, is still a mystery for many. However, authorities believe the killer was known to DelTondo, who was shot in a quiet Aliquippa neighborhood.
|About Rachael DelTondo|
|Death||May 13, 2018 Aliquippa, Pennsylvania|
|CAUSE OF DEATH||Gunshot wounds to her chest|
At this time, no suspect has been named, and authorities refused to disclose if they have conducted any interviews.
The investigation is ongoing, with family and loved ones hoping for more information to be available soon.
Rachael DelTondo Was Engaged to Frank Catroppa
DelTondo was engaged to Frank Catroppa in 2017. However, months after she was seen in a car alone with a 17-year-old male student, the wedding was called off.
Catroppa maintains that the incident was not connected to their failed engagement. He was the center of speculation upon her death.
Through his attorney, Stephen Colafella, DelTondo’s former fiancé said, “We wanted to very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened.”
“And it’s important to him, and it’s important to his family that the public knows that,” he added.
Catroppa explained that he and DelTondo were together for eight years. And, he wants justice to be served.
On May 15, 2018, officials asked whether he and DelTondo were amicable. Although details of the conversation are unknown, Catroppa believes that the investigators were “very satisfied” with his responses.
Rachael DelTondo Was Suspended from Teaching in 2017
Rachael DelTondo was a former Pennsylvania teacher. She was reportedly suspended after a confidential police report about her and a former student was leaked in the fall of 2017.
According to the report, DelTondo and a 17-year-old boy were found sitting inside a parked car near Aliquippa hospital, at around 2:00 a.m. in February 2016. Officials patrolling the area at the time saw that the “windows were steamed over and the engine was not running.”
When questioned by police, DelTondo explained that they were just friends, and the teen was upset. She added that she didn’t want her fiancé to know about the incident so that he would not be mad.
Authorities drove the teen home, and no charges were filed against DelTondo. However, she was advised that there were “better places to just talk.”
Although no charges were filed, the police report was made public after it was sent to PA Cyber School officials and media in an anonymous email in October 2017.
The email included the police report and a note claiming that DelTondo and the 17-year-old sent Snapchat and text messages, indicating that they may have been in a “relationship.” No further evidence was provided, and the email was believed to be deactivated, as attempts to reply were undeliverable.
When the school received the email, they suspended DelTondo with pay, pending an investigation.
Officials claim that the information was leaked from someone who had a personal grudge against DelTondo.
DelTondo Was Involved in a Dispute over Her Wedding Dress
Last year, DelTondo involved in a dispute over her custom wedding dress.
According to reports, her mother, Lisa DelTondo bought a $10,000 wedding gown from Anne Gregory Bridal in Dormont that required a non-refundable $4,000 deposit.
Knowing that they would not be able to get their money back, DelTondo paid the balance for the dress after the engagement was called off, but never received it.
When salon owner Gregory Cherico didn’t deliver the dress or refund the deposit, the DelTondos took him to court. After he failed to appear, a judge ruled that Cheirco pay the DelTondos $4,600.
Cheirco still did not comply, leaving the family to contact local reporter Marty Griffin. He featured the story on his segment, “Get Marty.”
The DelTontos were soon sent a check, with Cheirco noting that Griffin’s actions did not play a hand in getting the family their money.
DelTondo Recently Tried Selling Her Clothes Online
DelTondo posted multiple items from her closet on Poshmark, a site that allows users to sell their brand name clothing. She wrote on her bio that she was trying to make space in her closet.
Many of the items she listed were marked down on May 7.
Rachael DelTondo Received Death Threats
The night of her murder, DelTondo went out to get ice cream with a friend. At around 10:30 p.m., officials were called to Buchanan Street, where DelTondo was shot multiple times in the chest after getting out of her car.
Neighbors claim that they heard between 10 and 12 gunshots.
DelTondo died at the scene. And reports suggest that she knew the killer.
Previously, DelTondo told local news source, the Beaver Countian, that she received multiple death threats. One of which said that she wouldn’t live to see the end of 2018.
Her death was ruled as a homicide.
At this time, investigators are looking through a cell phone for possible information. But they have not revealed who the phone belongs to.
DelTondo’s neighbors described her as a beautiful and friendly person, who would not harm anyone.
Authorities believe it could be a crime of passion. But they are not ruling out other causes, including whether the 17-year-old student said something to Rachel DelTondo that could’ve led to her murder.