In what can only be described as a "fishy" turn of events, a Pennsylvania teacher has lost her life. 32-year-old Rachel DelTondo was found dead, on Mother's Day, in the driveway of her home but it's the incidents, and allegations, surrounding her death that have people wondering about who the culprit might be.
Via CBS News:
"The death of a young woman who was gunned down overnight in her family's driveway in Aliquippa, outside Pittsburgh, has been ruled a homicide. CBS Pittsburgh reports that after returning home late Sunday night from an ice cream shop, Rachael DelTondo stepped on to the driveway of her mother's Buchanan Street home and into a hail of bullets.
"I counted six shots that I heard," said Fred Poore, a neighbor.The 32-year-old school teacher was shot and died in the driveway.
The Beaver County Coroner's Office has ruled DelTondo's death a homicide, saying she died of multiple gunshots to the chest."Very, very nice girl. Prime of her life, and this is what happens," said neighbor Philomena Rossi.It's a shock and a mystery to neighbors on the quiet street."
"I don't know why that happened. I really don't," added Dan Casper, another neighbor.
CBS Pittsburgh met DelTondo last year when she was the subject of a "Get Marty" report as a bride-to-be in a dispute over her custom wedding dress.
But the engagement was broken off, and months later, she was the victim of confidential information leaked from the Aliquippa Police concerning her and a former student.
According to the incident report, police were on regular patrol at about 1:50 a.m. Feb. 6, 2016 when an officer noticed a car parked near the old Aliquippa Hospital property. Police said officers approached the vehicle and noticed “the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running.”
The officer identified DelTondo and asked why she and the juvenile were parked there, police said. According to the report, DelTondo told officers “she was just talking with the male,” who was her previous student, and “they were friends.”
Police said DelTondo told them “she didn’t want her fiancé to know that she was here parked because he would get mad.” She maintained he was only with the teen because “he was upset and needed someone to talk to,” police said.
Sources say that the leak of information also prompted a state police investigation of the Aliquippa Police, and that DelTondo cooperated. It's not clear, what, if any, this turn of events has to do with her murder.
Neither the Aliquippa Police nor the Beaver County District Attorney's Office would comment on the investigation, or whether any suspects have been interviewed.
Meanwhile, friends and neighbors are struggling to make sense of what appears to be a senseless crime.
"Beautiful lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody," said Casper."
No matter what happened with her and the former student in the past, nothing justifies this loss of life.