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    CA - Lizette Cuesta, 19, beaten, fatally stabbed, Alameda Co., 12 Feb 2018 *Arrests*

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alameda...ected-killers/

    " "This victim really tried to survive," said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for Alameda County Sheriff's Department. "She fought, and she fought. The last thing we believe she was able to do was to point us in the direction of the people who killed her."

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    Tracy Woman’s Dying Words Lead Deputies To Her Suspected Killers

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/...nt-to-killers/

    Two people are behind bars after a Tracy woman was brutally beaten and stabbed in Alameda County, thanks to her deathbed confession.

    A driver found the 19-year-old victim early this morning on Tesla Road near Livermore.

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    “Initially they thought the woman may have had a severed arm,” Sgt. Kelly said. “That was ultimately not true. It appears she likely had her arm under her body as she was crawling.”

    The victim had been stabbed several times and beaten, but she still managed to crawl 100 yards back to the road. She was airlifted to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she died two hours later.

    “We have a compelling dying declaration,” Sgt. Kelly said.

    Words matter.

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    Unbelievably brutal.

    Driver recalls finding stabbing victim along California road

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/cri...n-12610882.php


    A driver who found a 19-year-old California stabbing victim soaked in blood and dragging herself along the side of a road said he and his friend gave her a blanket and prayed with her before help arrived.

    The victim, Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, later identified the suspects before she died at a hospital.

    Richard Loadholt said Cuesta had so much blood in her hair when they found her that he could not tell what color it was.

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    Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said Tuesday that two people arrested in the stabbing were friends of the victim.

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    2 arrested in brutal stabbing death of 19-year-old girl in Livermore

    http://kron4.com/2018/02/12/i-580-in...investigation/

    Investigators arrested a 19-year-old woman and man at a home in the 1000 block of Nadine, according to KRON4’s affiliate KTXL.

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    Local msm source names the suspects.

    Victim, suspects identified in fatal stabbing outside Livermore

    https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/new...side-livermore

    Kelly has identified murder suspects as a Modesto couple -- 19-year-old Daniel Gross and 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo, who are both in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on no-bail status. Authorities previously reported the two arrested suspects both 19 years old.

    The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin, Kelly said.

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    Investigators: Tracy woman was friends with suspects accused of killing her

    http://www.kcra.com/article/investig...g-her/17806421

    The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Lizette Cuesta willingly got into a car with Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25.

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    Update: Race to murder suspects' Modesto home was critical in preserving evidence

    http://www.modbee.com/news/local/cri...199912364.html

    A "tremendous" amount of evidence was found at the south Modesto home shared by 19-year-old Daniel Gross and 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo, the suspects in the murder of a Tracy teenager early Monday, an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

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    Gross and Leonardo are engaged, according to their Facebook profiles, and the Sheriff's Office has described Cuesta as a friend of both.

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    Asked where the stabbing of the victim is believed to have occurred, Kelly told The Bee, "We have a very dynamic crime scene on Tesla Road ... I'm going to leave it at that."

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    Modesto neighbors describe tense moments as Livermore murder suspects arrested

    http://abc7news.com/neighbors-descri...ested/3079480/

    Nine-year-old Jaden Silva says a SWAT team used his treehouse as a viewing platform to peer into the backyard next-door on Monday afternoon. Holed up in the green and purple structure were the two suspects.

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    ... they arrested a woman who she thought was pregnant. That was 25-year-old Melissa Leonardo. According to her Facebook page she is from Los Gatos and went to high school in Tracy and last summer got engaged to Daniel Gross. Gross is just 19 years old.

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    Horrible!

    The brave victim, Lizette Cuesta’s FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/lizette.cue...5%3A1518557381

    Arrested, 19 year old Daniel Gross’ FB. He is holding a baby!

    https://www.facebook.com/daniel.gross.71066

    25 year old Melissa Leonardo’s FB has been taken down.
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    https://heavy.com/news/2018/02/danie...er-california/
    Gross and Leonardo, who were engaged, worked at a fast-food chain together and one customer described the pair to Heavy.com as “hollow souls” whom were always “clingy.”
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    http://fox40.com/2018/02/13/suspects...ng-identified/
    Tales of jealousy and anger

    According to Gross and Leonardo's social media accounts, they are engaged.

    FOX40 spoke with Montana Howland, who considers Leonardo his sister, and Misty Dawn Grasty, who grew up with Gross and used to live with him as a child when their families were both in the same sober living house.

    "He was an angry person but I don't think he would take it out on other people," Grasty said.

    "She has emotional issues but she would not physically hurt someone else," Howland said.

    They were trying to understand how the couple could have left Cuesta for dead.

    Grasty said Gross had a rough childhood but internalized his emotions.

    "Like he would cut himself," she said.

    She said Gross was always the odd one out, but that his fiancee was extremely jealous.

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

    Grasty told FOX40 people who know the couple think that jealousy could have been directed at Cuesta. But Howland said he video chatted with her from Kansas just days ago. He said she mentioned Gross talking to another girl, but it was a joke.

    Howland believed Gross to be the only one capable of such violence.

    "Daniel has always talked about if someone pisses him off bad enough he will kill them," Howland said. "But Melissa is the only one with a car and she goes everywhere Daniel goes, so that's probably the reason she got (dragged) into it."

    Howland told FOX40 he knew Leonardo owned a lot of knives, but only as collector's items. He didn't think she would ever use them to stab someone.

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

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    where to even start? I hate people.
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    This sounds eerily like the Adrianne Jones murder. Two brutal sociopaths proving their 'undying' love to one another.
    My heart, and prayers go out to Lizette's family, and loved ones.

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    Outbursts from family mark court appearance of Livermore stabbing suspects
    https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02...pear-in-court/
    Outbursts from grief-stricken family members marked the court appearance of one suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Tracy woman on Wednesday.
    Melissa Jill Leonardo, 25, was arraigned on murder charges with special allegations for the use of a knife in the murder of Lizette Ignacio Cuesta, 19, of Tracy. Leonardo did not enter a plea on Wednesday.
    Daniel Leebenjamin Gross, 19, who was also arrested on suspicion of murdering Cuesta, was scheduled for an arraignment before the court on Thursday.
    While Leonardo was arraigned on murder charges first, the Alameda District Attorney’s office specifically alleged that Gross was the main actor in Cuesta’s murder, not an accomplice, and added a great bodily injury enhancement to his charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilibet View Post
    Horrible!

    The brave victim, Lizette Cuesta’s FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/lizette.cue...5%3A1518557381

    Arrested, 19 year old Daniel Gross’ FB. He is holding a baby!

    https://www.facebook.com/daniel.gross.71066

    25 year old Melissa Leonardo’s FB has been taken down.
    She was incredibly beautiful! RIP Lizette. I can't believe what these two monsters did to this girl. Horrific.

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