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Pennsylvania Elementary School Teacher Fatally Shot In Front Of 11-Year-Old Son While In Dunkin’ Drive-Through

Teacher Killing Near Philly Planned for Months, Couple Sentenced
Source: UNSPLASH; Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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Apr. 12 2023, Published 1:42 p.m. ET

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Police in Pennsylvania are searching for the killer of an elementary school teacher fatally shot in front of her young son while at a Dunkin’.

Police in Cheltenham Township found the victim, identified as Rachel King, 35, of Elkins Park, dead behind the wheel of her Ford Edge, WTXF-TV reported.

She had been shot multiple times.

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According to officials, King was in the Dunkin drive-through lane with her young son, who was in the backseat, at the Melrose Shopping Center around 7:39 a.m.

A short time later, an armed man driving an light-colored sedan parked his vehicle, exited and walked over to the victim’s car and opened fire. He then fled the scene.

King’s son was unharmed in the deadly incident, police said.

"This appears to be a targeted murder of a mother," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said, according to WTXF-TV. "Anyone with information about this vehicle or the driver is asked to call police and help us find whoever committed this heinous murder."

The victim’s boyfriend told WPVI-TV he didn’t know who would want to harm King, who he said was killed while taking her son to violin practice.

King, a teacher at Mastery Charter Schools, was remembered by her colleagues as a dedicated employee.

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“We are devastated by the loss of an extraordinary teacher, who spent the last 10 years working with our students and their families,” the school said in a statement.

Charise Jones told WPVI-TV, “She was one of the best teachers, she did her very best at this school, very best."


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