Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Victim, Suspects In Brutal Livermore Stabbing Death Identified

Victim, Suspects In Brutal Livermore Stabbing Death Identified

A dying woman in California reportedly dragged herself to a rural street after being stabbed and used her final words to help identify her killers, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Suffering from multiple life-threatening stab wounds and other injuries, Lizette Andrea Cuesta was able to drag herself to the side of a road in Livermore, California, when a vehicle saw her around 2 a.m. Monday morning and quickly called for help, police said. It wasn't until a motorist spotted her crawling on her belly on the road around 2:05 a.m. Monday.

Richard Loadholt said Ms Cuesta had so much blood in her hair when they found her early on Monday in the city of Livermore, that he could not tell what colour it was. "She got up, she sat back up and at least held on".

Roberto Cuesta, the girl's uncle, told CBS Sacramento that he was proud of his "fighter" of a niece. "She knew she had to get up and I commend that", Loadholt told Fox 40.

Two people have been arrested as suspects in the murder of a California teenager left to die on the side of a road. "She was really suffering but she stayed with us and really fought to live". Candles illuminated pictures of 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta, as her family and friends shared their grief- and memories.

Detectives told Fox40 that Gross and Leonardo stabbed Cuesta several times before tying her up and leaving her for dead on Tesla Road in Livermore in the early hours of Monday.

Cuesta was airlifted to hospital (above) but died about two hours later.

Kelly has identified the engaged couple as Daniel Gross, 19, of Modesto, and 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo, who are both in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on no-bail status. They are now being held in Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of murder.

'It's very rare that you can get one of these statements and I don't know how descriptive it was but it was descriptive enough to get us to Modesto, ' said Kelly. Authorities say the two murder suspects were friends with the victim. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle. "A dying declaration is a very compelling piece of evidence that's recognized in the court to be very credible and reliable information".

A family member started a GoFundme campaign to help with expenses during this time. He said he tried to keep her awake.

'She was fighting to survive and part of that fight was helping us find the people who did this.

"I just felt compelled by the spirit of love to do that", he told reporters.

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