Rachael DelTondo, a teacher at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was shot to death in her mother’s driveway on May 13. Once a victim of a confidential information leak, reports suggest that the state police investigation that followed may have possibly led to her death.
On May 14, 2018, in an otherwise a quiet lane in Beaver County, one of the DelTondo’s neighbors counted six gunshots being fired outside the family’s home. Others counted between 10 and 12 shots fired.
Rachael DelTondo was supposed to tie the knot in 2017, but only four months later, the wedding was called off.
The DelTondo family still paid for a custom-made wedding dress, but still had to take the New York-based designer to court after he did not send them the dress, and refused to refund them.
When the designer did not appear in court, a judge ruled that he should pay the DelTondos over $4,600. However, the check never came in the mail, so the family reached out to their local KDKA-TV reporter Marty Griffin, and was featured on his segment, “Get Marty.”
Griffin contacted the designer, who cited family emergencies as the reason behind the delay, and the DelTondo family received their money.
Shortly over a year later, 33-year-old Rachael DelTondo died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in front of her mother’s home.
How Did Rachael DelTondo Die?
After coming home from an ice-cream shop at around 11:00 p.m., DelTondo walked up to her mother’s driveway on Buchanan Street and was gunned down.
A neighbor said that they had no idea what happened, adding that Rachael was a friendly woman who spoke to everyone. At this time, there is no information about a possible suspect or motive.
It is speculated that DelTondo knew her assailant, but neither the district attorney nor local police are commenting on the investigation.
Mayor Dawn Walker spoke to local news outlets about the victim, saying that she was a kind person who did not wrong others.
Rachael DelTondo Was Suspended from Teaching
Though known in local media outlets for her dispute with her wedding dress designer, Rachael DelTondo was once a teacher. However, she was reportedly suspended last fall following allegations from a former Aliquippa High School student’s mother. The incident allegedly occurred in February 2016, and DelTondo was found with the student in a parked car at 2:00 a.m. near Aliquippa hospital.
Police noted that the car’s “windows were steamed over and the engine was not running.” When asked, DelTonto said that she was “just talking” to her former student, who was “upset and needed someone to talk to.” She added that her fiancé did not know where she was, and would only be “mad” if he found out.
Authorities then drove the student home, and informed DelTondo that there were “better places to just talk.” School officials only found out about the incident in October 2017, and later learned that the teenager was never a student at PA Cyber.
Though she was suspended by Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, DelTondo was never charged.
Now, it is being speculated that something the student revealed to DelTonto may have led to her death. However, investigators have not revealed information about the case at this time. A meeting between the Aliquippa Police, state police, and district attorney is expected on Tuesday (May 15) morning, and a statement is expected at that time.