Ray Kelly, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office, told The Bee.
"We were supposed to meet here because she was supposed to teach me how to skateboard", Cuesta's friend Lucy Uribe said. 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. "It's what happened from the moment she got into the auto that we're focusing on". "She was really suffering but she stayed with us and really fought to live".
The woman was airlifted to the hospital, he said. "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.
Two passing motorists found Cuesta, and she was flown by helicopter to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she died two hours later, the sheriff's office said, per KCRA-TV. A yellow rope was found at the scene near where Alameda County sheriff's investigators say the victim had been left at the side of the road. They are being held in Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of murder.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office said at the time that they responded to a 911 call about an injured woman around 2am, finding Cuesta with "life threatening stab wounds and other injuries". "The two suspects are in a relationship and live together but we are still gathering information as to why this happened". Evidence included a piece of rope found on Tesla Road.
"It's a bittersweet moment for us in the fact that we do have the people responsible", Kelly said.
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.
"My heart is broken". "I couldn't believe my friend was gone".
A family member started a GoFundme campaign to help with expenses during this time.