Dying woman drags herself 100 yards to a road and uses last words to identify her suspected killers

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A dying woman who reportedly dragged herself to the side of a rural street used her final words to help authorities identify her killers, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 19-year-old woman, identified as Lizette Andrea Cuesta, of Tracy, was found bloody and suffering from life-threatening stab wounds and other injuries on the side of rural Tesla Road in Livermore about 2 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

She was spotted by people in a passing vehicle who called police. The woman was airlifted to a hospital, where she spoke with investigators before she died, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities used the information the victim provided to arrest Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, both of Modesto, on suspicion of murder, officials said.

Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, were arrested on suspicion of murder. (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)

One of the men who found the dying woman, Richard Loadholt, told KCRA-TV in Sacramento that he prayed with her and talked to her to keep her conscious as long as he could.

“I hope it’ll be encouraging to their family that their daughter did have the spirit to fight,” he said.

1:20 p.m.: This article was updated with the names and photos of the victim and suspects.

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