A California teen stabbed and left for dead on the side of a road before dawn Monday crawled almost 100 yards to find help and used her final moments to point police toward her alleged killers, investigators said.
Sergeant Ray Kelly said on Tuesday the two people arrested in relation to the stabbing were friends of the victim.
First responders requested an emergency helicopter and the woman was air-lifted to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, where she was pronounced dead about two hours later.
Cuesta was flown to a nearby hospital, where she died. "And she didn't let them get away with it". He told Fox 40 in Sacramento that there was so much blood that he couldn't tell what color the girl's hair was.
Cuesta was found bleeding from multiple stab wounds by a passing auto near Tesla Road about two miles west of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area early Monday morning.
"Prior to her death, she was able to provide us with pertinent information about her attackers", said Kelly. "The last thing we believe she was able to do was point us in the direction of the people that killed her, and that's pretty remarkable", Kelly 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.
Both suspects are in custody at Santa Rita jail and will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
A dying declaration is admissible in court as an exception to the hearsay rule of evidence. "She knew she had to get up, and I commend that". Yanez explained that, up until weeks ago, he would see her around the skate park. Richard Loadholt was one of the good samaritans who helped her.
"We were able to act on the information from our victim", Kelly said.
Cuesta, who studied at San Jose City College, loved to skateboard, her aunt, Amparo Lopez, told BuzzFeed News.
To date it remained unclear in what capacity she had known her killers, the frequency of their friendship and what may have transpired moments leading up to the teen being set on. He said his daughter was a warrior and lived long enough to get justice.
"I just want to know why they did it, like, what was so bad?"
"She was a lovable person and very smart", Lopez said. She brought peace to herself and peace to me and my family.