Dying stabbing victim names killers

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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.

A driver who was carpooling to work with three friends found Californian teen Lizette Cuesta soaked in blood and dragging herself along the side of a road, leaving a trail of blood. That information-KTVU reports it included the name of a man-led police to Modesto, where they arrested two people Kelly describes as friends of Cuesta who'd picked her up in a vehicle. Ray Kelly, Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Richard Loadholt, who was driving to an early shift at UPS with three other people, spotted the woman, Fox40 reported. 'I think she showed incredible internal strength to get through this and to live for as long as she did live'. I said, 'No, you aren't going to.

'I hope it will be encouraging to her family to know that their daughter did have that spirit to fight, ' Loadholt said. She crawled on her stomach 100 yards or more before being found.

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

"We were able to act on the information from our victim", Kelly said. "The last thing, we believe, that she was able to do was to point us in the direction of the people that killed her".

Cuesta was in such a dire condition that first responders quickly deployed a Life Flight helicopter to transport her to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Arrested Monday night were Daniel Gross, 19 and the man's girlfriend, Melissa Leonardo, 25, following Cuesta's death. They are being held in Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of murder. Cuesta mentioned she knew both of the suspects.

Sergeant Ray Kelly said on Tuesday the two people arrested in relation to the stabbing were friends of the victim. "The two suspects are in a relationship and live together but we are still gathering information as to why this happened". Ray Kelly told The Chronicle on Monday.

"That was very compelling information".

Cuesta's aunt and her cousin set up a GoFundMe page for the teenager's funeral expenses. "I love her", he continued. A man who says he considers Leonardo his sister says she collects knives but would never hurt anyone.

Her relative Joana Cervantez said, "She was a very happy person, very friendly, kind". "I just can't believe it".

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