She was only 16-years-old.
But Mujey Dumbuya had already gone through the trauma of rape.
Just months before the Michigan teen was to face her alleged attacker in court, her dead body was found in the woods.
The pretty youngster attended East Kentwood High School in Kalamazoo.
She was reported missing on Jan 25 by her family.
But tragically three days later on Jan. 28, a couple walking in the West Douglas neighborhood stumbled upon Mujey’s lifeless body, reported Newschannel 3.
Her body was officially identified on the Jan. 30.
Quinn Anthony James, 42, is the defendant standing trial for Mujey’s rape.
Investigators believe he is a person of interest in her recent death.
According to court records, James, 42, was scheduled to be tried as a habitual offender and was ordered to away from the teen.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigators are calling Mujey’s death suspicious.
The are currently working to determine her cause of death.
Although they cannot comment on the ongoing investigation, they believe her killing may be linked to her rape.
Mujey told police she was raped multiple times by James in various locations.
The abuse allegedly started when she was only 15-years-old.
According to police, Mujey said her attacker told her: “There is something about you. I could stop, but I just can’t.”
When James was first arrested in November, he admitted that he had sex with the underage girl inside his car parked.
However he told investigators the sex was consensual, according to court papers.
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Before the allegations were reported, James was working for the Kentwood Public Schools.
Last week, he was arrested for a second rape case, which was reported by a teenage girl in 2014.
He is now at the Kent County jail being held on a $500,000 bond on one count of criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated case.