She had the strength to cling to life, crawling along the road until a passerby spotted her and called the police. "We're not sure if they thought she was dead and she wasn't". "She made sure the people got caught, to pay for what they did", Ray told ABC7 News.
But when Gross began dating Melissa Leonardo, the 25-year-old also arrested in Cuesta's slaying, he became standoffish, Van Winkle said. Both hailed from Modesto. Kelly said the fatal stabbing is "very disturbing and very concerning to us" and described it as "a particularly heinous crime". She was bleeding profusely from the multiple stab wounds but managed to give information about her attackers before she died. The couple made their first appearance in court on Wednesday - just two days after the courageous girl identified them for stabbing her several times, tying her up and leaving her body on Tesla Road outside Livermore.
A blood trail shows she pulled herself at least 100 yards.
Cuesta was found severely injured by motorist Richard Loadholt and a friend who were driving by at about 2am. Authorities said the victim crawled almost 100 yards along the roadway before Loadholt and his friends found her.
The coworkers tried to comfort Cuesta, grabbed a blanket for her in the cold darkness and said a prayer with her until first responders arrived. "She knew she had to get up and I commend that", Loadholt told Fox 40.
Already in there, Lizette decided to make a final statement before the tragic ending.
Cuesta was then flown to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she died shortly after arrival.
A TEEN found fatally stabbed on the roadside has named her "killers" with her dying breath, California cops have said.
Further investigation of this case brought us to Modesto, CA where a male and female suspect, both age 19, were arrested. Marina Carranza, Cuesta's aunt, said that Cuesta grew up in San Jose and her family had moved to Tracy three months ago.
Lizette's friends at the skate park remember her as a determined skater. Among candle lights, tears and grief, some of them shared with the press their thoughts and emotions towards the girl, recalling memories from a nostalgic perspective.