Slain teacher was warned she wouldn't live to see end of 2018

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Rachael DelTondo was shot multiple times in her mother's driveway on Sunday.

DelTondo worked as a teacher at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School until last fall.

The relationship first came to the attention of police in February 2016, when an incident report indicates police found the then-17-year-old Jeter and DelTondo in a parked auto on the grounds of the old Aliquippa Hospital.

The report was leaked to her employer via anonymous email in October, and as a result, DelTondo was suspended from her teaching position a month after receiving the tip. "We have no additional information beyond what is being reported by local media".

Santicola told Sheehan that his client had "no animosity" toward DelTondo and therefore "no motive" to kill her.

Police were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m., where they pronounced DelTondo dead.

Authorities said that it is unclear whether the incident with the teenager had anything to do with her murder. Her family and friend ran outside to help her.

DelTondo reportedly contacted the bridal shop to tell them that she wanted to pay off the balance on the dress for resale, but she allegedly never received the dress.

The DelTondo family took the bridal shop to court and eventually the shop refunded the deposit. Investigators believe she knew the shooter.

New reports say that DelTondo was shot in the torso no less than 10 times, though neighbors report they heard at least 12 shots fired on that fateful night.

Police will not say whether they now have any suspects in the developing case. Police had already seized DelTondo's phone for forensic analysis. A police report about the parking lot encounter was leaked from the Aliquippa Police Department in what Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier has called a "personal vendetta".

According to Santicola, Jeter and DelTondo have had an on-again, off-again romantic relationship for several years and have remained friends. "We're investigating everyone that was driving around Aliquippa that night that was anywhere near this young lady's house".

"We wanted to be very, very clear publically [sic] that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened", attorney Stephen Colafella told KDKA. "They arrive. They see a vehicle that's parked with the engines off and the windows steamed over", Paul said of the incident.

"[Police] appeared very satisfied about what we told them", Colafella told KDKA.

"The ending of the relationship had nothing whatsoever to do with the circumstances surrounding the investigation of her being in the vehicle with a student or any of that", said Colafella.

"It's an unfortunate tragedy, and hopefully she gets justice", Catroppa said.

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