Modesto woman 'clung to life' to name murder suspects

Friends ID'd as suspects in brutal death of California woman left to die on side of road

There, the 19-year-old died, but not before using her last words to point authorities to her alleged killers.

Authorities also released the identity of the woman killed: 19-year-old Tracy resident Lizette Andrea Cuesta. It wasn't until a motorist spotted her crawling on her belly on the road around 2:05 a.m. Monday. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But Melissa is the only one with a vehicle and she goes everywhere Daniel goes, so that's probably the reason she got (dragged) into it".

Roberto Cuesta, the girl's uncle, told CBS Sacramento that he was proud of his "fighter" of a niece.

"She fought like a soldier, like a warrior", Richard Loadholt, who discovered the teen, told Fox40.

Authorities said a blood trail showed Cuesta crawled almost 100 yards along the roadway before being discovered by a passing motorist, Sgt. "She said she felt she was going to die".

"We're not sure how long she was left there like that", Sgt. Kelly, told BuzzFeed News.

"Her internal fortitude, to stay alive and to fight, is pretty remarkable", Sgt.

Two people accused of killing a 19-year-old woman in Livermore are due in court Wednesday morning. She was pronounced dead two hours later, police said.

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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.

Hours later, authorities arrested Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, in Modesto, California, about 50 miles away from where Cuesta was found.

Both suspects are in custody at Santa Rita Jail. Cuesta mentioned she knew both of the suspects.

"Whenever Liz came to this park, 'Oh, there's Liz!' You know, always positive, I would look forward to seeing her", he said. Days before Cuesta's murder she'd discussed Gross talking to another woman, the friend says, but she made a joke about it. Ray Kelly, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office, told The Bee.

"That was very compelling information".

A family member started a GoFundme campaign to help with expenses during this time.

"She survived for quite a bit of time against tremendous odds and was left there for dead", Kelly said. "She never judged people and was always friendly to everyone".

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