Daniel Gross & Melissa Leonardo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Lizette CuestaTracy California murdered

Police arrested Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, of Modesto, California on suspicion of murder in the brutal stabbing of 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta.

Authorities said 19-year-old Cuesta fought for her life early Monday morning and used her last words to help identify the alleged killers. While a motive is not yet known at this time, police described the suspects and victim as friends.

Gross and Leonardo worked at a fast-food chain together, and one customer described the pair to Heavy.com as “hollow souls” whom were always “clingy” towards each other while on the job. Heavy also spoke with a former colleague of Leonardo, who said she “seemed normal” but also “moody at times.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. They Are Suspected of Stabbing the Teen Multiple Times & Leaving Her to Die Alone

Lizette Cuesta.

“On Monday, February 12, 2018, about 2:00 am, CHP-Dublin Officers responded to a 911 report of an injured woman on the ground near mile marker 8.49 on Tesla Road in rural Livermore,” a press release stated.

According to KRON 4, authorities said it appeared that Cuesta was brutally stabbed before being dumped from a vehicle and left for dead.

Richard Loadholt and three colleagues were carpooling to an early morning shift at UPS when they came across Cuesta, Fox 40 reported. The man told the station that Cuesta was in such horrifying shape that he wasn’t able to make out the color of her hair.

The victim reportedly crawled about 100 yards before being discovered by the workers. Authorities were able to determine the approximate distance after following a trail of blood.

“She laid down for almost three minutes at one period, and we told her to get up,” Loadholt told the news outlet. “She knew she had to get up and I commend that.”

2. Police: Cuesta Used Her Last Dying Words to Help Identify Gross & Leonardo

The victim of the Tesla Road Homicide is identified as: Lizette Andrea Cuesta, Age 19, from Tracy, CA. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/QO4ECqcf0Z

— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) February 13, 2018

According to the press release, officers from the California Highway Patrol along with Alameda County Fire Paramedics responded to the scene of the crime, where they found Cuesta suffering from “life threatening stabwounds and other injuries.”

“A decision was made to life flight the victim to Eden Hospital Trauma in Castro Valley where she was pronounced dead about 4:30 am,” the release continued. “Prior to her death, she was able to provide us with pertinent information about her attackers.”

“This victim really tried to survive, and she fought and she fought,” Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told The San Francisco Chronicle. “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 pretty remarkable.”

“I’ve been around a long time, and I can only think of two to three …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


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