Murder victim, 16, was set to testify in rape case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 16-year-old from Grand Rapids who was found murdered in Kalamazoo was also the victim in a sexual assault case scheduled to go to trial within months, the Kent County prosecutor said.

Mujey Dumbuya was last seen alive Jan. 24 as she left her home to catch the bus to East Kentwood High School. Her body was found four days later about 50 miles away in a wooded area in Kalamazoo.

On Wednesday, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that Dumbuya was the victim in a criminal sexual conduct case against 42-year-old Quinn Anthony James. She was set to testify at his trial in April.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Capt. Shannon Bagley told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday that James wasn’t being called a person of interest in Dumbuya’s murder, but that investigators are taking a hard look at him.

James is a former employee of Kentwood Public Schools, having worked there from October 2011 to November 2017 as a grounds and maintenance worker, district Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff said in a Wednesday statement.

Zoerhoff said James was fired after allegations arose that James was involved in the sexual assault of a student in the summer of 2017. The district said the assault didn’t happen on school grounds and that James didn’t meet the student while on the job.

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