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Family of slain teen Mujey Dumbuya issues statement, seeks privacy to mourn her death

Mujey Dumbuya, 16, was found dead in a Kalamazoo woods three days after her family last saw her. (WWMT/Contributed)

Expressing their devastation over Mujey Dumbuya's death, her family issued a written statement Thursday morning saying they were preparing for her funeral and wanted privacy.

"We are heartbroken, devastated and overwhelmed with grief over the death of our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin," the family said in the statement, issued through a Grand Rapids attorney, Christine Yared.

"Mujey was a generous, energetic young woman with a radiant smile and an adventurous spirit," the family said. "Mujey was a very good student who loved school. She had a close circle of friends, and was loved by everyone that knew her. Mujey loved music and dancing. She took classes in dance, martial arts and archery. Mujey was looking forward to graduating from high school next year. She wanted to be a police officer to help fight against social injustice, including racism."

Dumbuya, 16, of Grand Rapids was found dead Jan. 28 in a wooded area in Kalamazoo's West Douglas neighborhood.

A Wyoming, Michigan, man, Quinn Anthony James, 42, who is already in jail on unrelated charges, has been identified by police as a "person of interest" in her death, which investigators called suspicious from the beginning.

Quinn was scheduled to be tried on rape charges in April.

Dumbuya was set to testify at that trial, after accusing Quinn of forcing her to have sex.

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