Teacher Shot in Mother's Driveway Was 'Crime of Passion,' Authorities Reportedly Say in 'Unauthorized Leak'

The killing of a Pennsylvania teacher outside of her mother's home on Mother's Day may have been a “crime of passion,” according to a report of leaked information.

Rachael DelTondo, 33, was “brutally shot at close range multiple times” in her mother’s driveway within minutes of being dropped off by friends, Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier told Newsweek. Lozier said neighbors reported hearing between 10 and 12 shots on Sunday evening.

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 12 Rachael DelTondo, 33, was shot and killed in the driveway of her mother's Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, home on May 13 after being dropped off by friends. Google Maps

Investigators reportedly believe DelTondo knew her killer and that evidence will show her murder was a “crime of passion,” according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. However, Lozier declined to confirm those details, calling them “an unauthorized leak” from an individual “not involved in the investigation.”

Authorities are currently searching for the person who approached DelTondo within minutes of being dropped off and shot her, Lozier told Newsweek. He declined to comment on her autopsy and did not say whether or not investigators have identified a suspect. 

“We could not be taking this more seriously. We had a young woman, 33 years old, shot to death on the driveway of her mother’s house on Mother’s Day evening,” Lozier said in a separate interview with KDKA.

“We are working with every resource we have. We’re getting video cameras. We are downloading information. We are interviewing witnesses. We are doing everything we can.”

The district attorney told WTAE-TV that investigators had collected several shell casings.

DelTondo’s cellphone and others have been sent to a lab in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, KDKA reported.

DelTondo, who was a teacher at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was suspended in November after Aliquippa Police report leaked that alleged she had been found in a parked vehicle with a 17-year-old former male student, according to WTAE. No charges were filed.

“It’s shameful that this woman was painted with a police report that had been written that did not result in criminal charges,” Lozier told the news station. “There was a personal vendetta against her at the time.”

Lozier told Newsweek that several agencies, including investigators with his office, Aliquippa Police and Pennsylvania State Police, are investigating.

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