MODESTO — Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two 19-year-olds Monday suspected of brutally killing a 19-year-old woman.
The two suspects, a man and woman, were arrested around 10 a.m. at a Modesto home on Nadine Avenue near the intersection of Bystrum Road. Their identities will be reported Tuesday, according to Alameda County investigators.
Around 2 a.m. Monday, a 19-year-old Tracy woman was found along Tesla Road, a rural road in unincorporated Livermore. She had been stabbed multiple times and assaulted.
Investigators say the 19-year-old victim was dumped on the road, where she crawled nearly 100 yards, leaving a trail of blood behind her.
“She fought like a soldier. Like a warrior,” said Richard Loadholt.
Loadholt was carpooling to work with three other friends for an early shift at UPS. He told FOX40 the young woman was in such bad shape he couldn’t make out the color of her hair.
“You could tell it was so bad to where you just had to give her comfort,” Loadholt said. “Anything else was gonna be painful.”
Another driver was sent to find better cellphone service and call 911 as Loadholt encouraged the 19-year-old to stay awake and keep talking.
“She laid down for almost three minutes at one period, and we told her to get up. She knew she had to get up and I commend that,” he said.
She was flown to Eden Hospital, where she died around two hours after she was found, KRON reports.
Investigators say she was able to identify her attackers before she died, which led them to Nadine Avenue.
“This victim really tried to survive, and she fought and she fought,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “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.”
The victim’s identity has not been reported.
Neighbors in Modesto told FOX40 they were confused, shocked and scared. A nearby resident said she saw 20 officers storm into the Nadine Avenue home. She said she has never had any issues with the suspects and was in disbelief that they were being accused of something so vicious.