Slain teen's dying words help cops catch suspects

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

Vigil Held For 19-Year-Old Woman Left By Roadside With Fatal Stab Wounds

Cuesta, who is originally from San Jose, was airlifted to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, where she died after suffering multiple stab wounds and other injuries, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Those were her last words", Alameda County Sheriff Sgt.

"She was a local at this park, she would always be here", said her friend Christian.

A California teen was found gruesomely beaten and stabbed on the side of a road by a motorist and a friend driving by around 2am Monday.

"I've been around a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I'm aware of in our agency that we've been able to get a dying declaration like that", Kelly said. "But Melissa is the only one with a auto and she goes everywhere Daniel goes, so that's probably the reason she got (dragged) into it". "And that's pretty remarkable". "She knew she had to get up and I commend that", Loadholt told Fox 40. "Take a hard fall and get back up". But as they tried to save her, investigators asked her questions. The night of the murder, Cuesta got into the suspects' auto consensually, Kelly said.

Details of the 19-year-old's murder were revealed Monday.

Yanez shared pictures of Cuesta with FOX40, describing his friend as a happy, smiley teenager.

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When police arrived, Lizette managed to give them sufficiently "compelling information" for them to arrest her friends Daniel Gross and Melissa Leonardo on suspicion of her murder. She liked riding horses on their family's ranch in Stockton on the weekends.

"She survived for quite a bit of time against tremendous odds and was left there for dead", Kelly said.

Loved ones hosted a private vigil in San Jose, where the 19-year-old was originally from.

A fundraiser on GoFundMe has been set up for the deceased teen's family. "Very bubbly, just a very bubbly person".

The hilly, winding road where she was found is a popular alternative to Interstate 580 for people travelling between Livermore and Tracy, according to Bay Area news station KRON.

"She actually got physical with him inside of a store for looking at another female", Grasty said. "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".

"I just know my sister willingly would not kill someone without someone mentally controlling her mind", Howland said.

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