This girl was found dead before she could testify against her alleged rapist. 16-year-old Mujey Dumbaya from Grand Rapids, MI. whose death police are investigating as a murder, was expected to testify against Quinn Anthony James, who had been accused of raping her in a school parking lot in 2017. James was a maintenance worker at her school nearby and claimed that the incident was consensual. But the age of consent is18 when an authority figure is involved.
James was arrested in November 2017, but released on bail. Three days after his trial date was announced, Dumbaya went missing and, three days later, she was found dead in the woods.
The Dumbaya family said in a statement, “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 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.”
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says it’s investigating Dunbaya’s death as a homicide but are not naming James as a suspect or person of interest. James’ attorney has said he’s being unfairly implicated — but he was recently arrested in Wyoming after Dumbaya’s death for other criminal sexual conduct charges.