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California woman beaten and stabbed names her killers with her dying breath

February 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California woman beaten and stabbed names her killers with her dying breath

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A 19-year-old identified her attackers as she took her last few breath after she was discovered beaten and stabbed by a road in California. It has been revealed that the victim was friends with the two individuals who were arrested for her murder.

On Monday, Lizette Andrea Cuesta was discovered drenched in blood, fighting to survive as she dragged herself along the side of a road in San Francisco, the East Bay Times reported.

The teen had crawled close to 100 yards to the roadside, leaving a path of blood behind her.

Cuesta managed to name her attackers before she died in a hospital that same day.

Lizette Andrea Cuesta was found soaked in blood, fighting for her life and dragging herself along the side of a road in Livermore, east of San Francisco, on Monday

The suspects, identified as 19-year-old Daniel Gross and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Melissa Leonardo, 25, were both taken into custody over Cuesta’s brutal killing.

On Tuesday, Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant Ray Kelly said the suspects were friends with the victim.

He said Cuesta had willingly got into a vehicle with Gross and Leonardo before they beat and stabbed her multiple times.

Officials said Cuesta was in freezing weather for hours before she was discovered.

“The fact that Lizette was so strong and able to survive was a testament to her character as a person,” Kelly stated.

Cuesta was located severely wounded by motorist Richard Loadholt and a friend who were driving on the road at about 2 am.

They covered her with a blanket and prayed with the teen and kept her conscious and talking until emergency personnel arrived.

Daniel Gross, 19, and his girlfriend, Melissa Leonardo, 25, were both arrested over Cuesta’s brutal murder

“I hope it will be encouraging to her family to know that their daughter did have the spirit to fight,” Loadholt said.

Cuesta had bled so much it was not possible to tell her hair color and it looked like she had lost one of her arms.

She was airlifted to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries about two hours later.

Kelly said he couldn’t reveal a motive in the murder because the investigation is still pending.

Both suspects are behind bars at the Santa Rita Jail.

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