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June 19, 2019

Rachael DelTondo’s mother slams police department, calls for outside agency to investigate daughter’s murder

May 30, 2018
Rachael DelTondo, a teacher from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania was fatally shot in her parent’s driveway. The Beaver County Coroner’s Office has ruled her death a homicide. (Facebook)

The mother of a woman who was shot to death outside of her home on Mother’s Day is calling for an outside agency to investigate the murder,

Aliquippa, Penn. school teacher Rachael DelTondo was murdered in her parents’ driveway on May 13 after she returned home from getting ice cream with friends.

Her mother, Lisa DelTondo, contends that there is “no way” the Aliquippa Police Department should be involved in the investigation, according to the Beaver Countian.

The department last year leaked information about Rachael DelTondo in what Police Chief Don Couch classified as a clerical error.

It remains under investigation for public corruption, according to the report.

The victim’s mother believes the department’s involvement in the probe will provide ample fodder for the defense team in the case of an arrest, according to the report.

The daughter of Aliquippa Police Sgt. Kenneth Watkins was among the last person to see Rachael DelTondo alive. She was also accused by some in the department of entering the active crime scene the night DelTondo was killed.

Lisa DelTondo also slammed District Attorney David Lozier over his handling of the case, claiming she has been left in the dark.

“I haven’t heard or seen from anybody since over a week and a half ago,” she told the Beaver Countian. “All I wanted is to be kept informed,” she said.

But her grief over the loss of her daughter eclipses that sentiment.

“Our lives will never be the same, I am a different person,” she said. “Every morning I wake up and pray that this is a bad dream, but my baby is at Mr. Olivet rotting. My heart is gone. My soul is shot. I don’t even believe in God anymore.”

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