Fatal Shooting of Pennsylvania Teacher Killed in Dunkin' Drive-Thru was Planned for Months, Prosecutor Says

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Source: UNSPLASH; Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Apr. 27 2023, Published 5:00 p.m. ET

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Authorities now believe the killing of a eastern Pennsylvania grade school teacher was planned for months, and “all because of an ended affair.”

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced Wednesday that one of the suspects in the Rachel King murder case had a romance with King's boyfriend last year.

According to WTXF-TV, Julie Jean harassed King and her boyfriend after Jean's relationship ended. That led to a protective court order against Jean.

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It reportedly also began days of scouting King's moves. Jean, 34, and Zakkee Alhakim, 33, are charged with shooting King outside a coffee shop.

While prosecutors believe King was “targeted,” they do not believe Alhakim and Jean knew her. Yet they reportedly sent several texts back and forth about their plans to kill her.

The plot reportedly included the purchase of a car in Jean's name two weeks ago. That car followed King from her home to a Dunkin' for the shooting, prosecutors say.

Front Page Detectives reported two weeks ago that King was in her car taking her son to a violin lesson when she was killed. The child was not injured.

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Alhakim and Jean are held without bond. Alhakim could be a suspect in a separate killing in Philadelphia days earlier, based on shell casings from a car.

"As a family of believers in Christ Jesus, we believe that vengeance does belong with God,” King's mother Carol King told reporters.


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