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California teen tells the names of her attackers to police before dying in hospital

Lizette Andrea Cuesta, 19, was found in critical condition near a road in Livermore, east part of San Francisco, California this Monday. She was covered in her own blood as she had passed around 100 yards trying to find assistance. She was left outside in the freezing weather for several hours.  

Cuesta was stabbed multiple times and left to die in a wooded area. A driver who found the girl and stopped for assistance gave her a blanket and prayed with her before police arrived. Cuesta was airlifted to Eden hospital where she identified her attackers before dying.

A teenager and a young woman, 19-year-old Daniel Gross and 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo, were arrested. According to the authorities, the two attackers were friends of Cuesta. Cuesta willingly got into Gross’ car before she was beaten and stabbed. 

The case is still under investigation and the detectives do not announce the motive of the attack.

Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told the Chronicles that a dying declaration is a very strong and compelling evidence that is recognized in court. It is considered a very credible and trustworthy information. During his work experience, the only had two or three times of dying declarations like this. He added, “This victim really tried to survive, and she fought and she fought. The last thing, we believe, that she was able to do was to point us in the direction of the people that killed her. And that’s very remarkable”.

Ray Cuesta, the victim’s father, spoke to a local media, saying that his daughter was always brave and strong. She was a real fighter.